A ‘little’ overweight

Some time ago, during a visit to my doctor, he said, “You know, except for one thing, you’re in pretty good shape.” “Yeah, I know”, I replied. “I’m a little overweight.” Gazing intently into my face, he said, “You need to remove that word ‘little’ from your vocabulary!” Okay. So I’m more than a “little” […]

Seven Truths about Temptation

Two Sundays ago was the First Sunday in Lent, and I preached on the story of the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. St. Matthew and St. Luke tell it this way, as I paraphrase it here. Jesus is led by the Spirit into the wilderness for the expressed purpose of being tempted by the […]

Stop worrying and start praying

Let’s admit it: we are worriers. Therefore, for the past two Sundays, I’ve been preaching on worry and trust. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus had a candid command about worry: STOP IT! “Do not worry,” Jesus said, meaning stop something you have been doing. Sometimes our worries are ridiculous. For several years, a […]

Ask Father Paul – Does Christianity have three gods?

DEAR FATHER PAUL:  You kindly invite questions from your readers. I enjoyed your good account of the names of God. I wanted to know, please, this: Is the creed of Jesus as affirmed in Mark 12:29 a unitary, monotheistic proposition or a Trinitarian proposition? Anthony DEAR ANTHONY:  Thank you. I regularly get this question from […]

Does your faith make Jesus marvel?

Usually, when the word “marvel” is used in the New Testament, it describes a person’s reaction to seeing God’s supernatural activity. For example, in Luke 24, Peter marveled at the empty tomb. The word means to be astonished or amazed, to have a sense of wonder. Twice, the word is used to describe Jesus’ reaction. […]

Ask Father Paul – The name(s) of God

DEAR FATHER PAUL: A friend of mine insists that God has a number of different names and that these are actually all in the Bible. I’ve always just called him “God.” So what IS God’s name? Frank DEAR FRANK:  Your friend is right. The first reference in the Bible to God’s name is found in […]

The Perfect 10 for 2018

Happy New Year, everyone. As you read this we’re just a few days into 2018, and there’s still time to set your goals and aspirations for this coming year. I have a most excellent suggestion as to how you can live the happiest, healthiest, most wise year possible. I shared this with you several years […]

One Word to Purge in 2018

Edith Lovejoy Pierce said, We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity, and its first chapter is New Years Day. (www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/new-year). My goodness, were already into chapter 10! What words have you already placed onto your blank pages? I want […]

Faith vs. Understanding

DEAR FATHER PAUL: I am a 41 year-old business owner who has had huge success in the past. Now, due to some poor business decisions on my part, I am facing loss of the business and personal bankruptcy. Basically, I need a miracle, and I need it soon! The problem is that, while I do […]

The Good News of Christmas is not fake news

It must be nearing year-end because the “words of the year” have been released. Dictionary.com follows each year’s most meaningful events and “look-up” trends. The site has named “complicit” as its word of the year. “Complicit” means to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having involvement in wrongdoing (http://www.dictionary.com/e/word-of-the-year-2017/). When […]

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