Things to Do Until Jesus Comes

Things to Do Until Jesus Comes

An insignificant event from many years ago keeps coming to mind. It was a denominational gathering of ministers and others that, of course, involved a hearty dinner. At the conclusion, the facilitator asked everyone to encircle the room, join hands and sing: “We’ll...
Workaholism and Greed

Workaholism and Greed

There’s only one addiction for which we are praised – overworking. With every other addiction, concerned others are looking to put you into a clinic or into a recovery program, but if your addiction is work, generally it’s seen as virtue. I know of what I speak. I’m a...
A Biblical Formula for Forgiveness

A Biblical Formula for Forgiveness

Nothing is as important as forgiveness. It is the key to happiness and the most important spiritual imperative in our lives. We need to forgive, to make peace with the hurts and injustices we have suffered so as not to die angry and bitter. Before we die, we need to...
Letting Go of the Bootstrap Myth

Letting Go of the Bootstrap Myth

The gospel of self-sufficiency reigns supreme in the U.S. We are culturally enamored with the idea of pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps, working one’s way from rags to riches, and earning well-deserved success. The term “hustle culture” refers to the increased...
Honoring Tradition and Departing from It

Honoring Tradition and Departing from It

There is a natural resistance to change among those who uphold a culture of tradition. And since most of us uphold such a culture in one context or another, there is a natural resistance to change for most of us. Our traditions ground us, and even when we recognize...