9/11. Looking back from the 11th day of September, recalling that horrifying day, we see what we lost: precious lives, security, trust, control. God does not orchestrate the affairs of mankind. We do this to ourselves...
Father Jonathan laments that the church has numbed down these vows; that baptism has become a cute thing and an excuse to get the family together; that Jesus is portrayed as a life coach who can help you accomplished your goals, keep the peace and feel good about yourself.
We must always remember that Jesus was a pragmatist, and did not sugar-coat anything. He made no empty feel-good promises. Christianity is not for the faint of heart:
So what is a faith journey, anyway? Father Chuck explains the key component of the term "faith". It means unswerving trust. Trust that God steering you through the long process with all its twists and turns until he shows up at your door.
You need to realize that you actually died. You died and are hid with God in Christ. There is no going back. Father Jonathan calls this realization the sine qua non (without which, there is nothing) of Christianity. And explains what it in hiding for you.
Using the parable of the good Samaritan, Reverend Vollkommer challenges us to respond to what's going on in the world right now. She points out that in God's world there is no "other"; there is no "out there". Be a good Samaritan, be known by your mercy, don't harm the work of God.
Father Josh tells a story of his first "real" job and how he almost got himself fired. Fortunately, his manager saw through his sense of arrogance and entitlement and gave him some sound advice (and another chance to keep his job).
He told Josh to be proud of the job you do, not the job you have.
Father Jonathan reflects on the mass shooting of over a hundred people at a nightclub in Orlando.
In this talk, Father Dale Johnson launches a new endeavor to save the ancient language, culture and heritage of our fellow Christians in Syria, Iraq and Turkey. With ISIS, and other hostile forces, there is a systematic effort underway to wipe them out.
They need our help. Please listen.
Reverend Vollkommer recounts her experience in a prayer group that was formed to support a friend's prolonged fight with cancer.
Your journey into Christ is a process of continual revelation; the unfolding of things that were always true, but until now, you have not been ready to bear. One of these ideas is the doctrine of the Trinity.
The priests, the altar and the entire sanctuary is ablaze in red (the color of the Holy Spirit). It's been fifty days since Jesus' resurrection, and something truly incredible is about to happen.
The seventh Sunday of Easter following the ascension of Christ and Mother's Day. The way Jesus was with us, is the way God is, dwells, acts in the world. Father Jonathan recalls a famous photo of a refugee child in the direst of situations, yet in rapt attention and complete trust that her Mother will get her through the squalor, death and fear. The strength of women, of mothers, is a thing of wonder. Christ-like. God-like.
After he left, Jesus gave the disciples the essence of his entire message distilled down to one simple command: "Love one another, as I have loved you".
Father Josh expands the usual definition of resurrection and points out that it is very common while still very special
The preparation and initiation into the three days of Easter begins with a special ceremony. It is the opportunity to bring your pride, your fear and dive into the season.
Father Jonathan takes us back to an encounter with a terrorist from the early times of the church: Saul
Marsha emphasizes that the point of all this is to inspire us, in our lives, here and now; to remind ourselves today, and every day, to walk in the way of Christ.
Mary does something astonishing. Something that a proper Jewish woman would not do in public (let down her hair) and then, she goes much further.