Posts from September 2014

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God’s Prayer to Us

by Tom Andel

The following headline made Section A of last Thursday’s Wall Street Journal : “Mass Shootings on the Rise” The report said the mindset of the shooters in these incidents is often the same: “a real or perceived deeply held personal grievance, and the only remedy they can think of is an act of catastrophic violence […]

The Kaizen of Being Christian

by Tom Andel

Pete, the manager of Kingdom Enterprises, sat in his office pondering his future. It was midnight, but time on the job hasn’t mattered since the Boss tore out all the time clocks and instituted a new “continuous improvement” program. He handed out a new employee manual. According to the new rules, everyone in the organization […]

Which God is Ours?

by Tom Andel

God may be part of a trinity, but this Sunday’s readings make Him look two-faced. There’s the Old Testament God depicted as mean and vengeful in our first reading (nm 21:4b-9), striking swiftly after Moses’ flock complains about their conditions in the desert: “In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents, which bit […]

Souls Don’t Need Skeletons

by Tom Andel

“If your brother sins against you go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.” This is Jesus’ advice, taken straight from this Sunday’s gospel reading (mt 18:15-20). It’s actually the first part of his advice for saving someone from themselves. If […]