Abstinence as a Rite of Passage

By Joe LaGuardia There is something to be said about the importance of rites of passage in a person’s growth and development.   A rite of passage is the act of crossing a threshold–traditionally going from adolescence to adulthood–by way of ritual, self-sacrifice, crisis, or sacrament. As such, most rites of passage require some senseContinue reading “Abstinence as a Rite of Passage”

“Back to Basics”: A Sermon for Lent

Text: Mark 7:1-16 I. Most of you have heard about the tragedy that occurred last month in Afghanistan.  U.S. security forces found POW Qurans containing hand-written subversive messages, so they confiscated them and burned them. Whether the burning was intentional or not has yet to be determined, but the “defiling” of Islam’s sacred text createdContinue reading ““Back to Basics”: A Sermon for Lent”