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I Will Change Your Name

"God said to him, 'Your name is Jacob, no longer shall you be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name.'"

All Saints Day

Every year on November 1, All Saints Day, I remember Sacred Heart cemetery in the town I grew up in.

The 11th Commandment

I have a theory: there was an 11th commandment that fell off the tablets.

Deacons Doing Dishes

The perfect definition of a deacon: "a glorified butler."

A Prayer for Tax Day

The fact is, lots of good things have happened in my life because people I never knew filed their 1040's.

Whispered in Your Ear

This, in essence, is what we whisper in the ear of anyone who comes to be baptized: "You are God's beloved." Those are the first words we hear. That is who we are.

Jesus or Barabbas?

Why do we sometimes choose one part of ourselves over another - as if active and passive resistance, love and anger are opposites?

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Nonviolent resistance emerged as the technique of the movement, while love stood as the regulating idea. In other words, Christ furnished the spirit and motivation, while Ghandi furnished the method.

Two Powerful Stories of Forgiveness

So many things are done easily the moment you can do them at all. But till then, simply impossible, like learning to swim.

Let's Start at the Beginning

How often have I forgotten to acknowledge God - the real leader of my life - and how often have I had to pay the price for my neglect?