So much of life is,

Like a footprint in the sand,

We work so hard,

But our marks wash away to nothing

On a road to nowhere.

 

But One marks each step,

Notes its direction,

Its influence,

Its intention,

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Communities know what those in their communities need. Or at least we should know.

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Today is the first day of spring. A new season to find new plantings.

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I’ll be wearin’ the green today! My maiden name is Bulger–doesn’t get more Irish than that!

But today honors a saint. A man who planted the Gospel–planted churches–throughout Ireland.

Thomas Cahill calls him the first missionary.

If you’re wearin’ green today or not, enjoy the shamrocks. Patrick used them to explain the Trinity.

He spread the light of the Gospel.

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Seven loaves and a few fish,

Five loaves and two fish,

Two copper coins,

What they had, all they had,

Five talents, two, one,

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“Whatever talents I have, I almost squandered until a handful of loving people rescued me.” J.D. Vance

He has become the voice of an unheard America. A part of America that has lost the American Dream. The dream that, if you work hard, you can make a good life.

J.D. Vance grew up in Rust Belt, USA. His grandparents had migrated from Kentucky to Ohio–but never escaped their hillbilly roots–until Vance graduated from Yale Law School. Yet he doesn’t seek to disassociate himself from his forebears. He carries with him lessons they taught.

His journey to Yale is remarkable. But many of his peers remain in Appalachia living unremarkable lives. Their dreams are not remarkable. They have lost hope.

Many analysts blame the economic downturn for this lack of hope. But as with every sociological phenomenon, there are many factors.  Continue Reading…

Ministry looks more like sacrifice. And people who sacrifice for a greater good are not asleep.

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For you are dust, And to dust you shall return,” Genesis 3:19b.

Lent started on Wednesday. For many, even some Christians, it was just another day. But it begins a season I mark every year now.

As a child, I didn’t work very hard at Lent. I’d decide to give up potato chips until there were some potato chips around. Then I’d switch to something else, like chocolate. And then, to something else. I was like Huck Finn deciding what not to steal today. Continue Reading…

A Life Still Worth Living

February 28, 2017 — 1 Comment

When theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with ALS more than 50 years ago, his doctors told him he would live a short life–a few more years. He is now 75 years old.

Eight years ago, Irish filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice faced a similar diagnosis–with a similar prognosis. Before he became ill, he had married. He had children. He had won awards. He had climbed mountains. But life gives us real mountains and metaphorical ones too.

Now he faced the mountain of debilitation.

After Fitzmaurice lost his ability to breath on his own, his doctor suggested removing his ventilator–letting him die peacefully. But Fitzmaurice said no. Continue Reading…

The Food of the Soul

February 24, 2017 — 1 Comment

Knowing the truth about God would lead to a purpose beyond oneself.

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