What Has the Universe Done for You Lately?

What has the universe done for you lately?  I was listening to a podcast a few days ago.  They were talking about the plane that crashed into the Empire State Building one foggy Saturday morning in 1945.  A B-25 bomber lost its bearings in the thick fog and crashed some seventy floors up.  Tragically, fourteen people died.  But it could have been much worse.  Had it been a weekday, when the Empire State Building was full, there would have been thousands of casualties.

What Kind of a God Would Do This?

A parent would rather die than lose a child; to die themselves rather than to suffer the loss of their child.  This hit home for me early in my teaching career when one of my students died tragically in a car crash.  I will never forget going to the wake and looking into his parents’ eyes.  It was as if they had died.  Even though they were going through the motions, doing what people do at wakes, when I looked into their eyes, they were utterly lifeless.

How Does God Feel About You?

Have you ever tried Ignatian prayer?  Have you ever heard of Ignatian prayer before?  Do you have any idea what I’m talking about! 

Ignatius of Loyola was the founder of the Jesuits, one of the largest and most influential religious orders in the Catholic Church.  He was also a mystic, someone who had phenomenal experiences of God.  One of the prayer techniques which he regularly used and which every Jesuit to this day is taught, is called Ignatian prayer. 

Where's Your Joy?

Two years ago, I saw the most remarkable thing I’ve ever seen in church.  I was completely taken aback.  It was after the service.  I had decided to stay a few minutes and say a few prayers, to spend some time with the Lord.  I was sitting about halfway up on the left hand side of the church.  When I turned to leave, I noticed that there was only one other person in the church at that moment, a young woman who was sitting on the right side of the church toward the back.

Can God Be Vulnerable?

Let me pose a “does a tree falling in a forest with nobody around to hear it make a sound” kind of question: Can God be vulnerable?  Well, on the one hand, obviously not.  He’s all-powerful.  Immortal.  Transcendent.  By nature, one of the most obvious things about God is that He is immune to any weakness, pain, or rejection.  But if this is true, then He isn’t affected by anything that happens to us.  In which case, He’s indifferent to us.  In which case, He can’t be a God of infinite goodness and love.  So, on the other hand, being a God of love, obviously yes.  He can—He has to be—vulnerable.  Uggggggh!  Which is it?

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

“Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”  One of the most popular passages in the Bible is the story of the woman caught in adultery in John 8:1-11.  Here’s why.

About Me

E.J. Sweeney is a true skeptic. He needs to see to believe. Hard Evidence. Compelling Proof. Solid Logic. This is what he believes in. In college, he encountered questions that the superficial faith he was raised on couldn’t handle. So he began a quest for Truth, a quest for the answers to life’s ultimate questions.

EJ Sweeney

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