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Couragio! A brief refutation of our cultural fear of being against things

September 24, 2014 27 Comments
Couragio! A brief refutation of our cultural fear of being against things

One of the critiques that many make of the Church is that we are sometimes known more for what we are against than what we are for. This critique, and fear, exists even within the Church. A similar critique is made of God’s law, wherein some wonder, “Why are the Ten Commandments generally worded as […]

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Have You No fear of God?! A Meditation on the Need to Recover Salutary Fear.

November 24, 2013 19 Comments
Have You No fear of God?! A Meditation on the Need to Recover Salutary Fear.

In yesterday’s (Sunday) Gospel, the good thief on the cross rebukes the bad thief at the other side of Jesus with a very poignant question, Have you no fear of God?. Now this question is very well addressed to us as well; especially those of us who live in this modern age, so often marked […]

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Jesus never hesitated to preach the fear of punishment, and neither should modern preachers.

July 11, 2013 32 Comments
Jesus never hesitated to preach the fear of punishment, and neither should modern preachers.

Some years ago I was stationed with a priest who, while he often liked my homilies, would often critique my use of what he called “fear based preaching.” Perhaps I had warned the congregation of punishment for sin, or even let slip that certain things were mortal sins that would exclude one from heaven and […]

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Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage

July 26, 2010 6 Comments

In yesterday’s blog we pondered the sin of human respect and its remedy, the holy Fear of God. In this post I’d like to go one level deeper and ponder a significant yet often overlooked text from Hebrews that describes our most basic and primal fear. Our inordinate fear of what people think is rooted in […]

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What is the Wrath of God?

February 4, 2010 34 Comments

Not long ago I saw a bottle of hot sauce with the creative name “Wrath of God!” Now that’s gotta be some hot sauce! But what is God’s wrath? It is spoken of often in the scriptures and it is a concept with which we have to be careful. On the one hand we cannot simply […]

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What Are you Really Afraid Of?

December 4, 2009 17 Comments

What is it that really hold us in bondage? What is it that is truly  the source of our problem, our sins, our selfishness, our anger, our lust and pride? Original Sin? Yes but where does the wound of sin really set up shop in us and stay open for business? What does it tap […]

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We Have Here No Lasting City

October 14, 2009 2 Comments
We Have Here No Lasting City

I was looking through some old family photos recent and came upon the one to the right. I was astonished as I looked at it to discover that absolutely no one and nothing in it exist in this world any longer. My sister is blowing out the birthday candles on her 7th Birthday in 1967. […]

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Why Are You Worrying? Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?

August 19, 2009 2 Comments

We often think that worry and anxiety just happen to us. But the fact is that they result from our thoughts. Thoughts are the source of our worry. If we tend to think negatively, or to catastrophize or to focus on negative things we will grow anxious and sometimes angry. But the Bible says we […]

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