'James' Tagged Posts

'James' Tagged Posts

THE BACKSTORY REVISITED

An old man named John wrote it down in a little letter years later:  “We have heard…we have seen…we have observed….our hands have touched.”   Those days long ago scroll across the old man’s memory.  He was a young man then, maybe all of nineteen.  He was hanging on the words of a rugged preacher named John the Baptist on that day when Jesus came…

LESSONS FROM THE TRANSFIGURATION

On this Sunday before the start of the Lenten season, the Church has always tipped its hat to the account of Christ’s transfiguration.   The Gospel of Matthew says that Jesus took Peter, James and John up a high mountain by themselves.  “There he was transfigured in front of them. His face was shining like the sun. His clothing became as white as the…

An Outline Of The First Epistle of Peter

Are things really hopeless in your life?  Listen!  Peter wrote his first letter (epistle) to the scattered and persecuted Christians of Asia Minor, what we today call Turkey.   The word “suffering” occurs at least seventeen times in the five chapters of this little book.   But the real theme is the “living hope” which we believers have amid our hardships.  This hope is…

STAYING CONNECTED

There’s a scene in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  Indy (Harrison Ford) complains to his father, old Dr. Jones (Sean Connery), that they never talked while he was growing up. Finally, his father puts down his paper and says to his son, “OK, what is it you want to talk about?” And Indy can’t think of a single thing. After that many years of lousy…

OUR UP-FRONT AND HONEST SAVIOR

In the early 90’s a good many upscale, professional people escaped from the cities to the country.  They wanted a simpler, quieter life.    Cities have their own unnerving challenges.  But many of these wealthy folks, accustomed to the conveniences of city life, were surprised. As Patrick O-Driscoll wrote in USA Today, “Your neighbor’s cattle may stink…You may have to…