Make that twelve suicides in the banking world lately. [click to continue…]

The Ongoing Mammon Madness

by Mike on March 13, 2014

This makes the 11th apparent suicide from the financial world.  A family friend said of the fellow, after seeing him over the weekend, “He didn’t look good.”  What’s so “bad” that these bankers and brokers would rather end their lives than live for what’s coming? [click to continue…]

A New Odyssey for an Epic Church

by Mike on March 13, 2014

“But we have the mind of Christ.” (from 1 Corinthians 2.6-16)

 I can honestly admit, ashamed at my naïveté, that I just never really anticipated a day when the church would be brought — however greatly or however slightly — to her knees over the issue of homosexuality.  In my conservative, semi-rural, Southern nurturing, the issue lived alongside swept-dust beneath the facade of righteousness.  Having served the church now for over twelve years, cognitive dissonance is the new norm as I watch the pulling of that rug out from underneath the church’s sleeping feet. [click to continue…]

How to Talk About Hunger? Face It!

by Mike on February 22, 2014

Our youth group just completed a 30 Hour Famine experience with the great staff at Camp Grier in Old Fort, NC.  We were made aware of hunger, poverty, and those who must contend (as well as be with) the elements by…well…fasting and getting out into the wild.   [click to continue…]

Faith: Gambling, Grunge, and “Giving”

by Mike on February 20, 2014

I don’t know why the shower is such a thinking zone for me.  Maybe it’s the drop in blood pressure due to excessive, flowing heat.  Maybe the brain likes the break it finds in relaxed vessels and a slowed heart; the comfort of warmth amid surrounding cold.  Well, whatever it is, the shower is always a literal think tank for me.

Today, memories and anxieties converged to create ideas that merely sparked a question: What does a 17th Century gambler, a product of the Grunge era, and the son of a slimy TV evangelist say about faith? [click to continue…]

Divine Appointments?

by Mike on February 18, 2014

I spent some time this morning at a coffeehouse in an adjacent town.  The place is great – one of those where, when you walk in, everything just feels right and okay.  Do you know what I mean by “okay”? [click to continue…]

“What Is It about Mammon?” continued

by Mike on February 18, 2014

 

This is the seventh suicide, I believe.

 

What Is It about Mammon?

by Mike on February 18, 2014

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