Loving God – totally! – Br. David Vryhof

Matthew 22: 34-46

We brothers sometimes have occasion to listen to people who are attempting to discern God’s will for their lives.  They may have reached a certain juncture in life or they may be facing an important decision, and they want to know what it is that God wants them to be or to do in this next stage of their life.  They’re often asking, “What is that God wants from me at this moment or in this particular situation?” Continue reading

Render Unto Caesar – Br. Eldridge Pendleton

Isaiah 45: 1-7
Psalm 96: 1-9
1 Thessalonians 1: 1-10
Matthew 22: 15-22

Several weeks ago when I was traveling, a friend strongly endorsed Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore and put a copy in my hand.  It is the story of the highly unlikely friendship of a modern day slave and an international art dealer and the woman who bound them together.  They met because Ron Hall and his wife Deborah volunteered at the Union Gospel Mission, a shelter for the homeless in Ft. Worth. Continue reading

Hug a Sycamore Tree Today – Br. Mark Brown

Philippians 3:4b-14

An article yesterday in the New York Times noted that the economic turmoil has produced a “teachable moment” for clergy of all stripes, for imams and rabbis and Christian ministers.  The dust hasn’t settled yet, so we don’t know the full extent of what’s happening.  But, the handwriting is on the wall…  Many of us may very well be faced with uncertainty and loss. Continue reading