The Christmas Letter

The Christmas Letter

In school, you always want to know what is going to be on the test. If the teacher tells you the questions before the test, there is no excuse for being unprepared. Luckily, the Teacher gave a cheat sheet in Matthew 25. Here are the questions: Did you provide for the hungry, thirsty, and naked? Did you welcome the stranger? Did you visit the sick and prisoners? The reward for passing this test is unimaginable, but these questions scare me.

God is Embarrassing!

This is a unique take on the beatific vision.  The best part starts at 2:10!

Getting out of the Malaise

These videos are from the Simple House training.


Uncomfortable Evangelization

Before coming to A Simple House, I spent six months half-heartedly looking for a full-time job and half-heartedly looking into mission work. I wanted to do mission work, but it did not seem like a realistic option.Rather than pursue it, I made excuses for why I couldn’t. I was hoping God would open a door and put a big welcome mat in front, but he was asking for a step of faith. In July, I contacted A Simple House. I was familiar with their work and mission after spending a spring break with the community in Washington, D.C.. Within five days, I submitted an application, interviewed, moved to Kansas City, and flew to D.C. for training.

What do the homeless really need?

I often visited the plaza with friends and family while growing up in Johnson County. We frequently passed a person in disheveled clothes holding out a cup and asking for money. I usually walked past them without making eye contact. After many years, I began to look at them and smile. Then, one day, I stopped and introduced myself to one of them. I bought him a sandwich and a soda, thinking these would suffice for, well, awhile.

Part 2 Salvation History: “What is the Good News?”

This is the second video of a series trying to explore the basic gospels of Christianity and Judaism. These videos are for people wanting to explain the faith in its simple constitutive components.

Missionary Letter Fall 2014

Prior to last month, I didn’t know one married person served by A Simple House. In the neighborhoods we visit, I simply had never met one. Many of the women have had children with multiple men, and it is rare for them to expect a long-lasting relationship. Some view marriage as an ideal meant for other people but not for themselves. For others, it just isn’t a priority. They lack examples of successful marriages in their neighborhoods and families. Without any models, they don’t envision themselves in a successful marriage.

New Take on Salvation History: “What is the Good News?”

This covers the most important ideas in the Simple House training manual.  It starts by digging into original sin, and it ends with the final Judgement.  There will be a part 2!

This video seems especially relevant because of the media chatter about the doctrine of gradualism in the Catholic Church.

Papal Zingers: Liberal and Traditionalist Errors

The Synod on the Family has created a confused media storm.  The workings of the Church are impenetrable to secular analysis.  To clear up a few abused papal stereotypes, consider Pope Francis’ closing remarks. He really hit the nail on the head.

The Traditionalist Temptation: “a temptation to hostile inflexibility, that is, wanting to close oneself within the written word, (the letter) and not allowing oneself to be surprised by God, by the God of surprises, (the spirit); within the law, within the certitude of what we know and not of what we still need to learn and to achieve. From the time of Christ, it is the temptation of the zealous, of the scrupulous, of the solicitous and of the so-called – today – “traditionalists” and also of the intellectuals.”

The Liberal Temptation: “The temptation to a destructive tendency to goodness [it. buonismo], that in the name of a deceptive mercy binds the wounds without first curing them and treating them; that treats the symptoms and not the causes and the roots. It is the temptation of the “do-gooders,” of the fearful, and also of the so-called “progressives and liberals.”

Book Club Calendar 2014 3.0!

Please feel free to join either of our book clubs.  Dinner is always provided, and book club dinner starts at 6:30pm.  Please email or any volunteer to get the address where the next book club is meeting. The Simple House Book Club meets in Washington, DC on the second Monday of the month.
The Simple House Book Club in KC has had a schedule change and it will meet on the first Monday of the month.   Due to the schedule change, November will be a short month for the KC book club.  The club will be ready Pope Francis’ encyclical, Lumen Fidei.