God or Molek?

It is hard not to admit that we seem to be living in some far-fetched end-times sci-fi novel with dystopian features. However, this is not a fantasy and it is really happening. The concepts and notions contained in that genre of literature has come to life in modern 21st century America. We are not imagining it. It is a reality. For me, there has been a tsunami of events that has led me to this feeling of despair for our society as we dive headfirst into the abyss.

This whole season was not without prediction. St. Paul, in his second letter to his young protégé Timothy, wrote: “evil men and imposters will go from bad to worse deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Tim. 3:13) In his first letter to Tim, he said: “such teachings will come from hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.” (1 Tim 4:2) The term “seared” literally means “to be cauterized” – to be desensitized. This perfectly describes the coming wave of assault on life by abortion proponents.

I have …

How Much Is Too Much?

At a recent Christmas gathering a humorous incident occurred that led to some amusing comments. One family with small children came to the event in two separate vehicles. When one spouse had to leave early to prepare for an event at their church, instead of switching all safety equipment for the little ones, they just exchanged vehicles. However, the departing spouse had keys to both vehicles and left the remaining spouse without use of their transportation. They were unable to make it to the church event because they were stranded. Several options were offered to correct this mishap. None proved feasible and the parent with the children totally missed out on the church event.
In an effort to offer some perceived sanity to the situation, another relative remarked that the church would still be on Sunday and missing once when the doors were open could not do any harm.
This begs the question: How much is too much time at church? There was considerable discussion about this t…

Naughty or Nice?

Every year at this time there are so many Santa Claus sightings that you have no concept of who the real one was. And, based on the lunacy in today’s culture, we probably never will. A recent poll – as if gender could be determined by popular opinion – has found that 27% of respondents think Santa Claus should be female or gender neutral (as if that is a biologically viable option). This just adds to the ridiculous myth about the jolly fat guy giving us what we want.

The problem with the current versions of Santa Claus is that they do not contain even the slightest resemblance to the original St. Nicholas of Myra. He was a bishop and a devout follower of Jesus Christ, the real reason for the season.

Too many people project onto Almighty God their perception of the qualities and characteristics they falsely believe about Santa Claus. All you have to do is sit on the big guys lap, ask him for what you want, and he will deliver it with better efficiency and timing than the Post Office. The…

Extended Season, Diluted Message

I am always amazed at how early the Christmas “season” starts. In most parts of the country, it seems to begin after Halloween and ends after all the deals of Black Friday and Cyber Monday have expired. There is so much preparation for the big day and it all occurs before Advent begins. Thus, by the time Christmas Day arrives we are suffering from mission creep. We are tired and bored with the whole ordeal and ready for it to end. We want it over with, so we can go back to life as normal. Christmas is turned into a to-do list instead of having child-like expectations and faith. In all of this we miss the most important preparation that we sorely need.

The purpose of the season of Advent is not to have a well decorated house, gifts smartly and neatly wrapped and placed carefully under the elegantly decorated tree. This superficial preparation focuses on the temporal and not the eternal. While we do look back and remember Jesus’s first visit, we also need to look ahead to his coming aga…

Seasons in the Cycle of Life

This week begins the season of Advent, a time of preparation for the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Much like life in general, the Church goes through seasons and cycles on a regular, consistent basis. In our own lives, we experience seasons of life from birth to death. Each one has a profound impact on how we live and what we accomplish.
Nature too goes through seasons and each of us knows that one leads to another without fail. After all, God instituted them in creation: “And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years” (Genesis 1:14 - ESV) While we experience winter every year, it only lasts for three months. Good news for those of us who hate the cold! We know spring is right on winters heel and none too soon. We never doubt that spring will come. In fact, for people like me, we look forward to it. We have confidence that the cycles of the seasons wil…

Word of the Day: Magnify

Word of the Day: Magnify
In the Collect for Purity, said at the beginning of Anglican eucharistic services, the last line bids us to “worthily magnify your holy Name.” Pondering this exhortation, it seems almost impossible for any of us as a human being not only to magnify the name of the Lord God Almighty but to do but to do it in any fashion that would be considered “worthy” in God’s sight. This is a tall order.
The definition of magnify is to “make something appear larger than it is.” Its synonyms include: enlarge; boast; enhance; maximize; increase; amplify. If we use this explanation it can hamper our concept of God. How can anything we do make God appear larger than he really is? This would assume that he is small and in need of help and enhancement. In addition, we would have to believe that we can personally be able to increase any attribute or characteristics of God by our own efforts and abilities. There is total folly in this endeavor. God is just too big – way too big – to…

The Word of the Day: Tenacious

The Word of the Day: Tenacious
From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
tenacity: the quality or state of being tenacious tenacious: 1 a: not easily pulled apart
b: tending to adhere or cling especially to another substance
2 a: persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired

The word jumped off the page. I was reading a book and that word just exploded in my face. I love that word. It’s so rich with meaning. It reminds me of a little dog with his jaws securely locked on the ankle of the mailman. Of course, that image only makes sense to those of us old enough to remember when mailmen walked and delivered the mail door to door.
This word does bring to mind a serious question about our relationship with God, our journey with him. In our life with him, are we tenacious? Are we not easily pulled apart from God, clinging tightly to him? I must admit – hate to admit - that there are times when tenacity is not a word I would use to describe my spiritual life, my li…