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A personal story that goes far in explaining why the church is losing members, and more importantly how we can bring them back into the fold.

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The purpose of this site is to give full expression of my faith in Jesus Christ as Risen Lord and Savior.  Since I have been given the gift of faith in God and His son, Jesus the Christ I feel compelled to respond with gratitude.  All of us should seek to do good works, not in order to gain salvation, but because we have been given salvation as a free gift.

Therefore, as with all God’s children, I will seek to, as feebly, as I can, to do what I can in furtherance of God’s Kingdom.  To that end I focus on two areas of concern: peace and stewardship.

The focus on peace is critical.  All that God desires for His children is wrapped up in furthering peace and ending violence among and between humanity.  This is of primary concern.  All that we could ever hope to accomplish in God’s world depends upon nonviolence.  The command to love God and love your neighbor, as well as the New Commandment given at the Last Supper to love one another the way that God loves us puts this effort front and center.  In a world of war and under the constant threat of nuclear destruction the only battle worth waging is the battle for peace.

The second area of focus is stewardship.  This is simply because I have an extensive background in financial services and retirement planning.  I know the intricacies of this world; I understand the pitfalls and traps and I can identify the opportunities.  I, by virtue of my past, can help people succeed in this area, and it is my firm conviction that God wants us to use all our human experience to further His mission.

To further both goals, this site has been constructed to connect you with resources to explore your faith in a practical way, to think about what God wants for His children and to get involved and increase your impact.

May all of us seek, not our will but His!  Praise Be to God!

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The Deep Truth of the Deep State

Is It Really That Deep? We have heard a lot in recent years bout this shadowy group known as “The Deep State”.  It brings up images of Hal Holbrook in the movie All the Presidents Men.  It also smacks of something of a conspiracy theory.  Perhaps the best cultural exposition ...
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A Fully Human Jesus

Baptized Just Like the Rest of Us The text this week is Mark 1:9-15.  This passage starts off the Lenten season by going back to the beginning of Mark’s account of Jesus, His baptism.  That seems fitting.  This is where our faith journey began for most of us anyway.  What ...
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Wholesale Rip-off Part 2: Why No One Should Be in the Markets

Today continues a series, to appear roughly once per month, on the main ways that the financial system rips off the average worker and investor.  This is based upon my nearly decade-long tenure in the financial services industry. Investor Returns vs.  Investment Returns The sad truth of the financial world ...
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Jesus Changes, We Change

A Revealing Transformation The text this week is Mark 9:2-9.  This is the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountaintop.  It is an intense moment, especially for Peter, but also for us as we take in what is going on here.  Jesus is transfigured.  His clothes become a ...
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Parents: Stealthy Authoritarians

The Authoritarian Impulse The authoritarian impulse is always with us, and it has been since the dawn of time.  It seems it is innate in the human psyche to want to exercise authority over others.  In support of this I would offer as evidence…all of human history. We can see ...
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The Relay Method

Jesus Healing The text this week is Mark 1:29-39.  This starts off with Jesus doing a very familiar thing, healing someone in need.  As always Jesus meets us at our need.  In this case He heals Simon’s (Peter) mother-in-law.  It is always difficult to resist poking my good Catholic brothers ...
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