The Pain of Change

I recently read a quote from Richard Rohr who said, “Hurt people, hurt people.” When you first look at this it looks kind of strange. It almost seems like he’s saying we should hurt people. But if you pay close attention, I think you’ll realize that he’s saying people who are hurt will hurt otherContinue reading “The Pain of Change”

Help! My Reptile Brain is Eating My Mammal Brain!

Occassionally, but not often, I am a glutton for punishment. There may be some disagreement on this from people who know me who may say I’m always a glutton for punishment, but I try to think and act otherwise. In this case there was no argument; I was asking for it. It was last Friday.Continue reading “Help! My Reptile Brain is Eating My Mammal Brain!”

Musings – Animating Faith

In getting ready for my Sunday school class this past week, I ran across an interesting quote in a commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Romans. The writer says, In each generation, communities are called to interpret Scripture with the courage to affirm what they believe and what they refuse to believe, the courage toContinue reading “Musings – Animating Faith”

The Gifts of Christmas – Trust

Believing the unbelievable A good story will draw you in, hold you inside it, and keep you hooked until the end. The story doesn’t even have to be believable; it just has to make sense within the story. But some stories you hear, and you shake your head at them. You think, Yeah, right. Sure.Continue reading “The Gifts of Christmas – Trust”

Change and Growth

I ran across this in article called Why Do People Hate Change? earlier this week, Why do people hate change? Because most people feel comfortable doing what they have always been doing. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” they say. Psychologically speaking, it’s not just that people fear change, (although they absolutely do) It’sContinue reading “Change and Growth”

Musings: How Much Truth Do We Really Want?

My grandfather was what you might have termed, a rounder. He had a very colorful life with many interesting adventures before he came to the faith somewhat later in life. My grandfather’s conversion made life interesting for my mother and her brothers and sisters, since the older ones knew him first as the rounder andContinue reading “Musings: How Much Truth Do We Really Want?”

What Scares You?

After work one night, I decided to go to the movies. I drove to one of the theaters close to where I was working at the time and bought a ticket for the last showing of the night. I walked in and sat down in a seat in the middle of an aisle, two thirdsContinue reading “What Scares You?”