“Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things.” Given everything that has happened the last couple of months in Uvalde, our nation,…Choosing The Better Part – A Sermon On Luke 10:38-42
Author Archives: Roger Hovis
The Heart of David
One night a lady came home from her weekly prayer meeting, found she was being robbed, and she shouted out, “Acts 2:38: ‘Repent and be baptized and …The Heart of David
Mary: The Blessing of All Generations by Fr. Freeman
In my childhood, it was not unusual to hear someone ask, “Who are your people?” It was a semi-polite, Southernism designed to elicit essential …Mary: The Blessing of All Generations
Twenty years ago, September 11, 2001, 3,229 people lost their lives to terrorism. Most of us remember exactly where we were we heard the news or …Remembering 9/11
Is Ignorance the Enemy at the Gates?
As we have watched scenes in Afghanistan, it feels very literally like “the enemy is at the gates.” Many of us already feel besieged by COVID. The …Is Ignorance the Enemy at the Gates?
Fighting For You
Do not be terrified, or afraid of them. The Lord your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you. – Deuteronomy 1:29 Thoughts obtained from the …Fighting For You
Simple Saturday shots by Mike Powell
Most of the time the photos in my postings were taking during a single trip to a particular location, but today I decided to mix things up a little. …Simple Saturday shots
Naked and Ashamed: Dealing with It — Glory to God for All Things
The Scriptures record that Adam was ashamed and hid. It’s a primal response. Shame is experienced as a burning sense of exposure and vulnerability. It begs to be clothed upon and hidden. 61 more wordsNaked and Ashamed: Dealing with It — Glory to God for All Things
Fr. Stephen Freeman says:
To “bear” shame is to acknowledge it in the presence of God, not run from it, and, allow Him to comfort us. That “comfort” can take the form of forgiveness and absolution in confession. In some settings, such as a therapeutic, it can be acknowledging it and talking through it. It can also happen with someone close and trusted – in which case some sort of affirmation of who we are, in spite of the shameful thing, is helpful.
It is not true that all men already bear their shame – we run from those feelings, quite often, turning them into something else – feelings that are not as painful.