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Birth Pangs

Birth Pangs

Listen to AudioJoy and I recently visited Washington to attend the institution of our new Presiding Bishop. Around the edges of that event we took a little time to see some of the sights.D.C. overflows with stately monuments and impressively solid buildings. The...
Getting Off The Crazy Bus

Getting Off The Crazy Bus

Listen to AudioShe pointed at me. Repeatedly rocked left and right with an imaginary steering wheel in outstretched hands. Pointed at herself. And concluded her brief pantomime by spinning her hand and extended index finger in circles around her temple.“You drive me...
What Does God Look Like?

What Does God Look Like?

Prefer to Listen? Click HereChildren ask difficult questions.  When my oldest son Andrew was in first grade, he asked me, “What exactly is sex?”That was a little awkward.  My wife Joy was just in the next room and heard both the question and my stunned silence.  She...
Who Is God and What Has He Done for Me Lately?

Who Is God and What Has He Done for Me Lately?

As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs.  (Luke 8: 27)Prefer to listen? Click here for audio.You’ve probably heard it said that when you’re down on...
The Truth and the News

The Truth and the News

At the spring meeting of the House of Bishops, Bishop George Councell of New Jersey reflected on the devastation and suffering wrought in his state by Hurricane Sandy.  His reflections took shape around a billboard he passes on his way to work.The sign reads, “Don’t...
Redeeming Suffering

Redeeming Suffering

Suffering is part of human life.  Each of us will suffer at some point in our lives, and even when one of us experiences smooth sailing someone is undergoing some pain or sorrow, some loss or heartbreak.  Whether we like it or not, one of life’s challenges is learning...