The Battle is Won

Jesus didn't fight Satan for the title of Ruler of the World. There was never a fight. Jesus was always going to win. The fight wasn't between Jesus and Satan. It was between God and death.…

The Turning Point

The Liturgy as Narrative Part VIII Act II Scene V The Lord’s Prayer “My whole life flashed before my eyes…” You’ve probably had one of those moments when something happened so suddenly and so out of your control, when you talk about it you say, “My whole life…

Talking about Religion and Politics…?

How do you talk about religion and politics in your family?(1)Cover image is by Mark König on Unsplash, extra points for those who can guess what it has to do with this post. A lot of people don’t like to talk about these topics, even with family members,…

The Sacrament and The Dark Night of the Soul

The Dark Night of the Soul is the part of the story where the hero believes all is lost. Every attempt to succeed thwarted and every resource spent. There is no turning back because even the path back to safety is blocked. It's all over for the…

The Offering: Plot Twist

In the narrative structure we have reached the midpoint of the story. The plot twist happens here; the point where the hero's goal changes so dramatically it can feel like an altogether new story.…

Prayer in Conflict

The Prayers of the Church come after the readings, the sermon and the creeds. We've been through the training, but we're still in our bubble. The Prayers of the Church are about to burst that bubble.…

The Mentor and the Manifesto

A mentor does many things, but there is one part distinct to mentors; relating experience. Teachers train us in a given discipline. Parents guide us in ethics and morality. A mentor is a guide on the path we've chosen.…

The Liturgical Call to Adventure

It takes time, but we understand that stagnation is death, and change is life. If change is life, it makes sense that Heaven itself isn't about stasis, but change.…

Lord, have mercy on this journey

The Liturgy as Narrative Part II The Service of the Word Previously, I walked through the very beginning of the Liturgy as microcosm of story telling, but if I take another look, it’s really only the Prologue. In the Confession and Absolution, the first part of the Liturgy,…

The Time Judas Preached the Gospel

*I wrote this for a another blog a few years ago. Photo credit © 2004 Icon Productions What I learned in church about Judas Betrayal is a word we don’t use much anymore. Over time most words lose their power because of overuse and misuse. One day we…
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