The voices and the Voice

  Boy, there are a lot of voices out there…in the blogosphere and on social media, from the news-gatherers and pundits, from politicians, protesters, and pulpits. Is anyone really being heard over the… Continue reading

Truth is an elephant

I’m busy this week preparing for a family reunion we host every year, so I’m rerunning a post that has gotten a lot of views because many search for the very popular parable… Continue reading

5 responses to badness

I’m so bad. I may look pretty good but when I or anyone look close enough, I’m really pretty bad. My selfish self is dreadful and demanding, and ugly. But I nurture and… Continue reading

It ain’t necessarily so

I wonder sometimes if it was easier in the first century to convince people of the truth of Christian theism…one God, creator of all things, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…than it is today.… Continue reading

The curse(s)

The excitement in Northeast Ohio has diminished some since the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA championship a few weeks ago. But one still needn’t drive far before seeing Cavs colors and logos in… Continue reading

Purgatory as a perennial time-out

David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die. Nevertheless, because by this deed you… Continue reading

Dirty birds and a divine bath. Or, the presumptuousness of Purgatory

Anyone who knows me well knows I am not a bird lover. I am not even a bird liker. Birds are rude and crude…making nests in my house, using my lawn and outdoor… Continue reading

Diving for sins

I’m talking about Purgatory again…just to give you a heads-up right at the top in case the torturous flames aren’t of concern or interest to you. Some may wonder why I am spending… Continue reading

Puzzles and Purgatory

When I was younger I had a recurring dream, or more specifically a recurring element in my dreams, which was so ethereally thrilling that upon waking I would almost despair that it was… Continue reading

It’s Greek to me

If there’s one good thing I can say about the Catholic doctrine of Purgatory, it’s that at least it reflects an understanding of the holiness of God and his hatred of sin. But… Continue reading