the most remarkable thing about Francis

The most remarkable thing about the Pope is that what he is doing should not be remarkable.  He is simply doing what Popes and Christians should do – care for the poor, critique inequity, interrupt injustice, surprise the world with grace, include the excluded and challenge the entitled. -- Shane Claiborne…

on the power of Christ

It is plain that if Christ were powerless, He could not be expelling demons and despoiling idols, for the spirits would not have obeyed a powerless man. But if they are manifestly expelled by the naming of His name, it must be evident that He is not powerless. This especially…

the Church, a bride not a whore

The Baptist had preached repentance, but it didn't help. The Church has done the same for two thousand years, and it still doesn't appear to have helped. It looks like other means are necessary to get people to listen. Shouldn't we show others that we can do something really impressive…

on man's sin and God's love

God is loving to man, and loving in no small measure. For say not, 'I have committed fornication and adultery: I have done dreadful things, and not once only, but often: will He forgive? Will He grant pardon?' Hear what the Psalmist says: 'How great is the multitude of…

Luther on anxiety

When I feel anxious about sin and hell, I remind myself that when I have Christ, I have all that is necessary. Neither death, sin, nor the devil can hurt me. If I believe in Christ, I have fulfilled the law; it cannot accuse me. I have conquered hell; it…

tangible sin, tangible forgiveness

The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor…

dropping the ball

Somewhere along the line, I dropped the ball. I had built up a pretty good momentum. I was writing every day. I was enjoying it. I was thriving on the creative moment I got to experience each day. I was looking forward to the time I allowed myself to write…

the choice

Your days are numbered, Your number of breaths finite. You can spend your time Consuming or creating. Only the latter will make a difference After you're gone.…