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Author Joe LaGuardia

There has been much discussion lately over a recent study published by the Pew Research Center reporting a rise of people of no faith (“the unaffiliated”) and the demise of Christianity in the U.S. The numbers are humbling. The percentage of “unaffiliated” people rose to more than 22 percent from 16 percent in the last […] Read More

The life and ministry of St. Patrick teaches us about being a hospitable Christian presence in a diverse culture. The mention of St. Patrick reminds people of green derbies, four-leaf clovers and leprechauns. The real story of St. Patrick is more captivating. St. Patrick was a young boy when Celtic raiders looted his village and […] Read More

Younger adults – people from 18 to 35 years old – have a bad reputation in many circles. “Kids these days,” people say, “don’t take responsibility, and they don’t know how to work hard.” Sometimes this criticism is accurate, deserved. Ironically, Generation X, Generation Y, Millennials and the Entitlement Generation are the groups that politicians […] Read More

With a new Congress taking office, political speeches becoming even more heated, and a 2016 election season already underway, the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. this weekend should give Christians pause as to their place in modern society. King is one of my heroes of the faith. For me, his heroism resulted from an […] Read More

Churches following the lectionary – a group of Scripture lessons determined by the Christian calendar – might find the Advent Scriptures this year to be odd. The selected texts focus not on the birth narratives of Jesus but on his second coming – what Jeremiah calls the coming “day of the Lord” (Jeremiah 33:14). On […] Read More

The results of a major U.S. midterm election in early November allowed Republicans to take control of the Senate, incumbents to get the boot or barely hold on to their seats, and pundits to have a field day diagnosing the issues related to campaigns and candidates alike. While people surmised why votes went one way […] Read More

I’ve been a pastor long enough to realize that growth in most churches is the result not of people becoming believers but of what I call the “Great Christian Migration.” It’s the trend in which Christians move from church to church. Whatever church is new and fancy is often the one that garners the most […] Read More

Caring for others is a habit to be learned. One of the hardest classes I took in seminary was not theology, philosophy, Hebrew or Greek. It was pastoral care. The aim of pastoral care is to teach students how to listen, confront conflict, counsel and give referrals, and have empathy. In short, the class is a crash-course […] Read More

In the movie, “The Words,” actor Bradley Cooper plays a struggling writer named Rory Jansen. Like so many amateur authors, Rory is unable to get published, much less noticed. While on a honeymoon in France, he stumbles upon an old, unpublished manuscript in an antique shop. It is a brilliant novel. Rory rewrites it, claims it […] Read More

July 28 marked the centennial anniversary of World War I’s beginning. For many, it was the war to end all wars; for powerful clergy that shaped religious and political life in America at the time, it was the very war by which God would usher in his kingdom. In his book, “The War for Righteousness,” […] Read More