Farewell 2023

As we conclude 2023, we look forward to 2024, our 14th year publishing the Vitruvian Man website, and we remain committed to the three most important stories in all of literature:  the story of the good Samaritan, the story of the adulterous woman, and the leper’s encounter with Jesus. These stories teach us and remind us …

Light of the World

Today is the winter solstice when darkness exceeds daylight by four hours here in the Sonoran Desert [sunrise at 7:24 AM, sunset at 5:24 PM]. The long nights have never bothered me, even 50 years ago when I lived in Eagle River, Alaska when daylight was just short of 5 ½ hours on the winter …

Foot Washing

We first posted this four years ago. I consider this act of Jesus at the heart of Christianity and the teachings of Jesus, and I will continue to repost it. In his Gospel, the evangelist John describes a poignant scene as Jesus celebrates his final Passover meal. Jesus… gets up from the table, takes off …

Palm Sunday and the Third Fall

The fourth part of my personal credo may be the most important… I am called to emulate Jesus… I am reminded of the magnitude of that aspect of my belief most strongly on Palm Sunday as I prepare to share with millions of people around the world the final steps of Christ’s final journey. Up …

Living & Learning with Mustard Seeds

Two years ago, I envisioned supporting our work for the children of Haiti exclusively with the agricultural project that I committed to with my friend Dwight.  Working in the excessive heat, limited water, and poor soil of the Sonoran Desert, we’ve learned another lesson that supports the ‘easier said than done’ theory. After a brutally …

Revisiting the Rich Young Man

I was thinking about the story of the rich young man this morning.  You know the one… A rich young man asks Jesus how to get to heaven.  Jesus tells him to follow the commandments.  “I do!” the young man replies happily.  “One more thing,” Jesus adds, “Sell everything you have and give the money …

Core Message

Every Saturday morning, the Pray As You Go website presents an examen, a Jesuit tradition involving reflection on and moral evaluation of one’s thoughts and conduct.  I find this morning’s examen particularly inviting.  In it, I am asked, “If you had the chance to give just one sermon, what would be your core message in …

I Am Not Ashamed

I am not ashamed. I recently read and listened to a talk Russell Moore presented in October 2021 at the Rabbit Room’s annual arts conference.  The talk is featured on the Plough website, June 24, 2022.  Dr. Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project. Titled “Faith, Fiction, …