John 3:16

One of my favorite podcasts is called Radiolab. It discusses a lot of scientific topics but presents them in a way that non-scientists can understand. As a non-scientist, that’s important to me. The most recent episode told a story about Richard Feynman. In the early 1960s, Cal Tech University was having difficulties with its physics … More John 3:16

The Good News of Peter

Historically speaking, Peter’s Pentecost sermon, reported in today’s first reading, took place over a month after the Resurrection. In liturgical time, however, it takes place just a few days after the events of the passion. Accordingly, we see in high relief the sharp contrast between the actions of Peter here, as a witness to Christ, … More The Good News of Peter

Jon Foreman and the Epistle of St. James

Psychologist sometimes make a distinction between professed beliefs and operative beliefs. Professed beliefs are the values we say we live by, things like “family is important.” “God is important.” “I am a Christian.” “I am a monk.” Operative beliefs are the values we actually live by and they can differ from our professed beliefs. For … More Jon Foreman and the Epistle of St. James

The Law

When you hear the word “law,” what images come into your mind? What feelings? Is it a positive thing? Is it a negative thing? This question is more than a personality test. The answer has deep implications for our life in Christ. We know that for many Christians the law is generally a negative thing. … More The Law

Independence Day and Thanksgiving Day

A couple years ago, a psychology professor at Yale University, Dr. Lorrie Santos, was troubled by statistics she had read as well as stories she had personally witnessed indicating that anxiety, depression, and suicide were on a rapid rise among today’s college students. In response, Santos developed a class on the psychology of happiness, a … More Independence Day and Thanksgiving Day