Category: Devotional


The Worst Sin


It wasn't very long ago that all the worst sins were the sexual ones -- adultery, homosexuality, abortion. These were the activities, it was thought, in which the worst sinners regularly engaged. For many, the term “immorality” has a sexual connotation.  This is a problem. I think our pastors recognize that...

Do You Pray Naturally?


Prayer is Supernatural The last book Bonhoeffer published in his lifetime was “The Prayerbook of the Bible.”  He writes this book while in prison for his participation in a plot to kill Hitler, and the subject of the book is the Psalms.  Remember, the Psalms of the Old Testament are...

Doing the Dishes and the Gnashing of Teeth


When my kids were younger they had chores—one of which was doing the dishes. It should have been as simple as everyone taking a turn on a rotating basis, but was never that simple. Lacrosse games or ballet practices meant that somebody would miss their turn. To ask another child...

Made for Freedom?


When I got married, I was no longer free.  I couldn't play League of Legends whenever I wanted.  I couldn't eat chicken wings in bed.  I had to tell my wife that I was going down to the store to get a jug of milk. But I don't mind.  Not at...

The Dom in Salzburg — It’s not about ME


Attending mass in the Salzburg Cathedral was the most memorable experience of a wonderful trip to Europe this summer.  The building's interior was beautifully ornate, but not gaudy.  The music included organ, orchestra and, I think, more than one choir.  Add to that, awareness that this was the very church...

The Evening Sky


  Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes, once said, "If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I bet they'd live a lot differently." It wasn't that long ago when people did sit outside and look at the stars each night.  This is certainty one of the reasons why anyone...

(Bad) Theology on a Bookmark


I couldn’t find my copy of The Screwtape Letters which I have been reading with my English class so I picked up a Bible that was sitting close by.  As I was turning to Psalm 51 I came across a little slip of paper that someone had presumably used as...