Jesus wept. Has anyone else been disturbed by the pervading darkness around us in the last few weeks? Tornadoes, bombings, explosions, fires, collapsed buildings, murder trials, brutal captivities, and multiple scenarios involving the harming of children have dominated every form of media with which we are saturated. I don't know about you, but it gets … Continue reading Something is seriously wrong with our world.
Information about my new book. This is something that has been very important to me for several years and for which I have a great passion. Thank you Wipf & Stock for taking a chance on me as a new author. Description: Urban poverty in the developed world is an ever-present problem, and Christian approaches … Continue reading Announcing the release of Harbor for the Poor by Eric Costanzo
Today is Ash Wednesday. Many people consider its observance to be primarily for Roman Catholics, but the truth is Protestants and Evangelicals will be holding Ash Wednesday services all over the world in order to "mark" the first day of Lent. The Lenten season was first celebrated by Christians in the fourth century as a 40-day … Continue reading Ash Wednesday and Lent – An evangelical perspective
[This is an impression and digression from my sermon at FBC Tulsa on 4/29/2012] Most churches today are all too familiar with the 80/20 principle. This concept is described as follows: 80% of the essential service of the church is done by only 20% of the church's people. The exact ratio will obviously vary from … Continue reading The 80/20 Problem – A Different View (Scripture Impressions and Digressions)
To this day, Constantine I (AD 272-337) is a polarizing figure. He is hailed by some as a savior of the Christian faith - a saint among saints. Others portray him as a villain in the Christian story, and question whether or not he ever truly had an authentic conversion experience with Christ. In either … Continue reading What happened to the cross of Christ? Just ask Helena, Constantine the Great’s mum.
[Spoiler alert - Do not let your children who believe in Santa Claus read this post. I know my posts appeal heavily to ages 0-10] Like many American traditions, the legend of Santa Claus can be traced back to Dutch roots. Santa's name comes from the Dutch word Sinterklaas, or Sint Klaes. The European-originated Santa Claus … Continue reading The Really “Old” Saint Nick – St. Nicholas of Myra
What happens to an organization when it moves from the "grassroots" phase to becoming a conglomerate? And seemingly overnight? The term "conglomerate" can refer to business or geology. In business, a conglomerate is defined as "a corporation consisting of more than one previously unrelated industries or divisions that is usually the result of a merger … Continue reading The Definition of Extreme Poverty from John Chrysostom