The Lesson and Life — May 27, 2012

By Ben Cachiaras    I had never been with someone at the brink of death. But now, as a young minister, I gently cradled the hand of a dear woman who was about to breathe her last. Stroking the ribbed veins on the back of her hand, I listened to her labored breathing and waited […]

The Lesson and Life — May 20, 2012

By Ben Cachiaras    In the 1983 film A Christmas Story, a precocious boy named Ralphie is haunted on his daily trek from school by a big, mean bully named Scott Farcus. He lurks in alleyways, terrorizing the younger members of the neighborhood by taunting, chasing, and worst of all, twisting their arms behind their […]

The Lesson and Life — May 13, 2012

By Ben Cachiaras    What are you drawing?” the teacher asked the little girl in Sunday school.  “I’m drawing a picture of God,” she proudly replied.  “But nobody knows what God looks like,” the teacher told her.  The little girl answered, “They will when I’m through.”  Jesus made seven “I AM” statements in John’s Gospel, […]

The Lesson and Life — April 29, 2012

By Ben Cachiaras    Do you remember Edmund from C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe? He came under the spell of the terrible White Witch in Narnia, believing she could make him a real king and extremely happy, which of course she could not. She only wanted to lure him and his […]