Ash Wednesday, Mass Shooting, and Valentines

A few days ago, many Christians observed Ash Wednesday service. It’s a pivotal day between Christmas and Easter when Christians get serious with their self examination. The clergyperson uses ashes mixed with oil and makes the sign of the cross on the forehead of the participant, accompanied by the words, “From dust you came. To … Continue reading Ash Wednesday, Mass Shooting, and Valentines

You Don’t Have to Forgive

In my last years of ministry, I quit preaching about forgiveness because it did more harm than good.  When I did speak on the subject, I was aiming at the grudge-holding, petty sniping that went on where people used their resentment to keep others trapped in shame.  However those people never heard me except to … Continue reading You Don’t Have to Forgive