Virtue Is Its Own Reward

The story is told of a politician, a poet, and a farmer who discovered a bottle with a genie inside. One of them rubbed the bottle and freed the genie, who generously offered to grant one wish to each of the three.           The politician went first, and wished that he would be granted a… Continue reading Virtue Is Its Own Reward

Frailty Along The Way

When I was the young rector of my first parish in the Mississippi Delta, I used to play ping-pong some afternoons with the older and wiser Presbyterian minister in the town.  It seems that I was pre-destined to win a few of those games.  And while we would slap the ball back and forth this… Continue reading Frailty Along The Way

Interruptions Along The Way

I can say that I never knew what joy was like until I gave up pursuing happiness, or cared to live until I chose to die. For these two discoveries I am beholden to Jesus.         —Malcolm Muggeridge, British journalist and Christian apologist           For anything worth doing in life, there is a moment when we… Continue reading Interruptions Along The Way

Leaving This Ground

“The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who... looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space... on the infinite highway of the air,” – Wilbur Wright Flying has always been fascinating for me.  The fact that in the early 1900’s the world suddenly became smaller, not by… Continue reading Leaving This Ground

The Sower and The Seed

"Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of Containing God's gift of himself."- Mother Theresa The Sower and The Seed is a parable found in all three synoptic Gospels – Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  And because Christians have been studying and listening to it for two millennia, it is mostly self-explanatory. It seems to me… Continue reading The Sower and The Seed