Browsing the September 2019 archive of Deacon Ernie's Reflections

9-22-19 Praise for the Unjust Steward??? Luke 16: 1-13

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 9/23/19

 Today’s Gospel about the dishonest steward has understandably baffled theologians and others for centuries. After all, why would Jesus share a parable where dishonesty is praised and justifiable punishment abated?  Here’s the deal: Jesus told parables to help people reflect on their way of life and to set them ... Read More »

09-15-19 Ministry and Mercy

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 9/17/19

In my last article, I underscored the fact that: “the times they are a-changin,” in an effort to keep the persistence of change in the forefront of our consciousness. While this is indeed true, one thing that will never change is the fact that we are sinners. That said, ... Read More »

09-08-19 The Times They Are A-Changin’

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 9/08/19

The Times They Are A-Changin’

Jesus often used examples in nature to help people understand what he was teaching them. Take for example the parable of the fig tree:  "Behold the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know ... Read More »

09-01-19 Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast and Change for Dessert!

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 8/31/19

I was working at Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield when it merged with WellPoint Inc. back in 2004. At that time, I became part of a task force charged with leading “culture shaping” efforts throughout the new company. In addition to doubling in size from twenty thousand to ... Read More »