Leaving the Lies Behind

“I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. Save me, O Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.” (Psalm 120:1–2) Psalm 120 isn’t the happiest of psalms. The psalmist begins in “distress.” The psalm ends with the word “war.” But happy or not, it is honest…and quite relevant. We’re surrounded […]

Who is Jesus?

“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”” (Matthew 16:13) Who is Jesus? This is a question that has been asked for two centuries. Who is he? He’s the most controversial person in history. And everyone seems to have an opinion […]

The Bible: The Only Source of Certain Truth (2 Peter 1:16 – 2:2)

You can believe the Bible not because it makes sense (though it usually does) but because God wrote it. And he bypassed the natural misunderstandings, biases, and agendas of its human authors because they didn’t write it of their own accord or by their own ability: “Instead, men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Living (the) Truth

“He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.” (James 1:18, NLT) God’s “true word!” Man o’ man, is truth hard to come by these days!? Everyone seems to have an agenda – from marketing companies to politicians to universities to […]

St. Thomas on Facebook Fights

Do you sometimes watch the fights back and forth on social media?  Do you participate?  Why do we care what others say or think?  Why does it bug us that their opinions are different from ours? Why do we feel the need to get involved and say our piece? In last week’s Catalyst, I quoted […]

Fake News and Alternative Facts

I hear so much talk these days about “Fake News” and Orwell’s “alternative facts.”  How many times have we seen untruths foisted upon us? What do we believe? Who do we believe?  Pondering these questions, I was reminded of the following prayer from the 15th century German monk, Thomas a’ Kempis.  May the Lord give […]

Offended!

This last year I noticed an interesting paradox in our society.  First, our culture has a continuing love-affair with fame.  It seems folks will do or say almost anything to be noticed by others.  But in 2016, the pursuit of popularity ran headlong into another emerging trend in our society: we are offended easily and, […]

Understanding Postmodernism

Adults have always had difficulties relating to young people.  “Dad, you just don’t get it,” was a phrase often heard coming from my two brothers and me.  But now, it seems the divide is even greater.  It’s not just immaturity or youthful exuberance we old farts don’t get – there’s really a gap in understanding.  […]

The Word became Flesh

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14, NIV) It’s hard to believe December is already here! If your home is like ours, the calendar fills up pretty quickly […]

The Gospel According to Wikipedia

Acts 17:10-12 (NIV) 10 As soon as it was night, the brothers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to […]

Mobs, riots, and the Truth

Acts 17:5-9 (NIV) 5 But the Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd. 6 But when they did not […]