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The Via Lucis: Breathe

April 18, 2014

Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. -Thomas Moore   Philip sat across the table from the most influential woman in Hierapolis. The wife of the Proconsul, the governor of the region, Nicanora, led by the invisible arms of the Holy Spirit, had come to the Apostles’ door. Now she studied his ancient face. As he looked deep into Nicanora’s eyes, Philip remembered the words Jesus spoke to him fifty years ago. “Hurry, Philip!…

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The Via Lucis: Touched

April 11, 2014

  He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, That dares not put it to the touch, To gain or lose it all. James Graham- Marquis of Montrose   Jesus had walked from the invisible realms directly into the disciples’ gathering. One minute, the gloomy upper room was filled with the polluted rumblings of men who had given in to a soul-crushing despair, and seconds later, those same men sat in…

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The Doofus Traveler: Wreck-less Car Renter

April 9, 2014

Wreck-less Car Renter: This over-confident person foolishly rents a car while on vacation, without a lick of sense in what they are about to get themselves into. If all goes well, they’ve probably only scared a few locals and their fellow passengers. If things go wrong, they can go terribly wrong including, but not limited to, owing thousands of dollars, recovering from serious injuries, or smashing into farm animals with their economy rental car. Imagine…

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The Wonder Voyage Idea

April 7, 2014

The whole thing started in January 1999. While Prince sang that it was time to party, I was entering into one of the most depressing seasons of my life. After 10 years of full-time church work, I was unemployed, emotionally shattered, and having a mid-life crisis at the ripe old age of 30. I did not know where I was going in life or what the future held.  My wife, Cheryl, who had a good…

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The Via Lucis: Holy Ground

April 4, 2014

The Christian life- and especially the contemplative life- is a continual discovery of Christ in new and unexpected places. Thomas Merton When they came upon the lone figure in the stone-paved alley, he was kneeling and mumbling incoherent words. He trembled while staring into the heavens above the darkened city of David. His hands, fingertips lightly touching the ground, were splayed outwards like a man surrendering his head to the blade. The two disciples from…

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The Doofus Traveler: Flip Floppers

April 2, 2014

Flip Floppers: people that insist they can wear anything at any time with no regard for safety, common sense or cultural sensitivity. They believe they have a right to look stupid, and they take full advantage of that right. It never fails.  I am ready to take a group of students across a five-mile hike on lava beds, or climb a 700-foot waterfall, or go to a holy temple, and someone shows up in flip-flops….

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Will the Noah Film Float or Sink?

March 31, 2014

I will come at this from two different directions: entertainment value and sacred tale significance. As far as entertainment, NOAH is well worth the watch. Director, Darren Afronosky, is flooded with imagination. He has taken an over-saturated story best known by horrible childhood Sunday School flannel board retellings and re-created a gritty, graceful film chalked full of visual marvel. Whether a believer or skeptic, you will stay on the edge of your seat for this…