Category: Devotional


The Flip Side of Weakness


I attended the wedding of a friend last weekend.  The message was very short, but beautiful and, to be honest, nothing more needed to be said. Everyone who has been married knows that living in such close proximity with another sinner is bound to bring out ones limitations.  How are...

Ghetto and Good


Because I dabble in philosophical questions, I sometimes make comments that don't go down very well at parties: I suggested that I thought human beings are naturally evil.  There was some disagreement, and then all conversation, as it always does, turned to Donald Trump. There's quite a bit of evidence that human beings are...

From Routine to Ritual: Classroom Attendance


So I was thinking of a routine I might turn into a ritual, as per my last post.  I figured I'd allow the brushing of teeth to remain a routine for now. Attendance!  In every class, I take attendance.  This routine is so routine, there's probably no one who doesn't...

Turning Routines into Rituals


Both routines and rituals involve a regular repetition of some action. But they are very different. Routines will flatten our lives, but rituals can thicken them. Routines are like ordinary time and rituals are linked with "higher times." With a routine there is a clear, linear connection between the act and...

Sacred Memories


I have this sacred memory.  It was the summer of 2010.  The previous 4 years had been difficult.  But now I was in Rennes, France on my honeymoon.  While my wife was napping.  I went for a walk in the old town.  I sat down at an outdoor table on the cobbled...

What God taught me through the “Dark Times” (1)


They say that you learn the most about yourself and that God does most of his sanctifying work during the rough times. Enough time has passed for me to have done some reflecting about what God was teaching me during those years when my life was turned upside-down. One of...

It’s Easy to be “Good” in Suburbia


Sometimes I have a hard time understanding the extent of my sinfulness and, correspondingly, my need for Grace. I'm a pretty good guy. I've mostly obeyed the 10 commandments; I often give money to people who need it, and I go to church every week. When I sit in the...

God or a Caricature?


While this certainly isn't true in all cases, I find that most of the young people that I know who are walking away from God are not walking away from the actual God, but from a Modern or Western, watered-down imaginary representation of him--often the god of caricatured "fundamentalists. Good,...

The Equalizer


I just finished watching The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington. It's a movie like many in the genre. [SPOILER ALERT] There are bad guys and the good guy kills them all. The bad guys are dirty cops and various levels of the Russian mafia. They make a lot of money doing...

“Gotta Serve Somebody”


Human beings always serve something. We always put something in the centre of our life, a thing against which we measure all other things. Perhaps it's an ideology or a religion or a nation or a cause. Or partying or sex or work. Maybe the arts or sports or fine...