Everybody here in Milwaukee still remembers Archbishop Timothy Dolan fondly. A jovial Irishman with a round, red beaming face, he exuberantly represented Milwaukee’s Catholics upon his installation in 2002. Catholics and non-Catholics alike loved his stories, big smile, sense of humor, and obvious love for people. It was his sad duty to lead the archdiocese through painful bankruptcy proceedings because of the $21 million legal settlement due to the many sexual abuse cases that had come to light. Recognizing that... Read More
Recently I was introduced to the term “trough of sorrow.” It is the time during which an entrepreneur tries to convince people that his or her idea, talent, or product is worthwhile. The consumer remains apathetic during the trough, not realizing the need or value in the item or talent.
If you’re a diehard-sold-out-for-Christ Christian (and I hope you are!), you can relate to being in the trough. When your coworkers or even other Christians think you’re crazy for your... Read More
Did you know that Thomas Jefferson cut up his Bible?
He didn’t believe in miracles. So he cut them out.
He didn’t believe in hell. So he cut it out.
He didn’t believe in Jesus’ resurrection. So he cut it out.
Isn’t that horrible? Who would do that to the inspired Word of God?
Every time we ignore a difficult part of Scripture, we’re cutting up our Bibles.
One teaching that we seem to “cut out” is eternal... Read More
Have you been following the story of Kim Davis? She is the county clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky, and she gained considerable fame (notoriety?) in 2015 for refusing to provide a marriage license for two gay men who wished to be married. She spent a week in jail for her “contempt” of federal judge David Bunning’s order. Her attorneys worked out a deal whereby her deputies could issue in the licenses to gay couples in the name of the judge,... Read More
Thousands of teenagers from around the United States made news last week as they walked out of classrooms for 17 minutes, showing their support for the shooting victims in Parkland, Florida, and asking for changes in guns laws.
Some adults suggested that teens should Walk Up (to those who are ostracized) instead of holding a Walk Out. Others supported the students, working out ways for them to safely protest and letting students know how proud they were. Some adults brought... Read More
This Lent, as we focus so much on Jesus (for good reason!), it’s also a great time to focus on what Jesus thought was important enough to do right before he was arrested, beaten, and crucified. He prayed for the church.
Often, I think we are so used to driving by the church, going to the church, or praying in church that we forget to pray for the church.
Using some of the same thoughts as Jesus prayed in John... Read More
How joyful are you today?
A few days ago I had an honest conversation with God. I asked him to restore to me the joy of my salvation, because for several days I had been frustrated and angry and all my joy had left the building.
The man looking back at his life in Ecclesiastes chapter 2 had tried to find meaning with pleasure and laughter, great projects, beautiful homes and gardens, lots of money and possessions. “I denied myself... Read More
The city of Jerusalem is the holiest place in the world for Jews—the Western Wall is all that remains of their ancient temple. It is part of King Herod’s foundation for the platform on which the temple once stood. Jerusalem is Islam’s third holiest place—on the former temple mount sit the Al-Aqsa Mosque (A.D. 705) and the Dome of the Rock (A.D. 695), believed by pious Muslims to be the place where Muhammad made his night journey to heaven.
Jerusalem... Read More
Each morning this past week, I’ve put a pile of clothes on my bed with the best of intentions. I intended to hang up the jeans I wore for one hour, put the T-shirt and hoodies away, fold the workout clothes (that I also had good intentions about this week), and frankly just put the socks back in the dirty clothes basket because even though I never actually wore them, they are dirty because the dog snuck them over to... Read More
Gary says I lost my “man card.”
Gary is an amazing guy from my church who is built like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s second cousin (whom I assume is ripped). But a few months ago, when I told Gary I had just seen the movie La La Land with my wife, he sighed and shook his head, “Pastor, I think you just lost your man card.”
In my defense, La La Land dominated the Academy Awards in addition to earning nearly a... Read More