By Keith Miller | June 29, 2009

How Can I Become A Full Citizen In God’s Kingdom?

Keith, I’ve been going to church off and on for years, and I’ve always prayed to God, even if I didn’t attend church. But lately prayer has gotten pretty boring—like talking to old people who don’t listen and just repeat the same stories. But you act like you think God is real and might say […]

By Keith Miller | June 22, 2009

Taking Toxic Waste to the Proper Dump

Keith, what can I do with my depressing feelings of guilt and failure? I’ve tried talking with my family members, but I can tell they’re getting really tired of hearing my sad story. Years ago I formed a terrible habit guaranteed to keep life from being boring, but which rained gloom and doom on my […]

By Keith Miller | June 8, 2009

Temptation: A Strong Wind for a Flickering Flame

Keith, no one I know talks about the imperious and demanding Mr. Hyde (or Ms. Hyde) transformation that temptation can change even a deeply committed (to our Lord) Christian into a totally self-centered drooling squinty-eyed lascivious or gluttonous pagan. It would be helpful if you are willing to deal with this question in a reality […]

By Keith Miller | June 1, 2009

The Frightened Elephant in the Living Room of Faith

Keith,I’ve been a Christian for many years. I’ve committed my whole life to Christ and have been taught that I should trust God. But inside where I face the challenges like (1) the changing economy that threatens my vocation, (2) the reckless and (to me) dangerous behavior of my teen-aged son and daughter and (3) […]

By Keith Miller | May 18, 2009

Attitude Check

Keith, when I decided to become a parish priest I had no idea that some people consider ministers as “hired hands” and not colleagues, brothers or sisters on the adventure of living for Christ. My response to being treated as a lackey by some prominent church people is to want to bust them in the […]

By Keith Miller | May 11, 2009

The Death Throes of an Omniscient “Helper”

Keith, my college aged kids and my husband claim that I am trying to control them when I offer suggestions-when all I am trying to do is help them. How can I help them see that I want them to make their own decisions?   Ooooh!  That question strikes too close to home. Listen to […]

By Keith Miller | May 4, 2009

The Silent Gift of Love

Keith, what is the best way you’ve found to begin to convey the message that they are loved by God to people who are very cognitive and scientifically oriented and don’t even believe there is a God? Recently I ran across the following conversation between a camp counselor and a camper who finally decided to […]

By Keith Miller | April 27, 2009

It’s Never Too Late for God’s Kind of Healing

Keith, how does a man get reconciled with his father? I never was close to mine and he is very sick, maybe dying. I’m afraid he’s going to die and we’ll never be close. They tell me not to push the issue now, but if I don’t, I’ll never get closure with him. Any ideas? […]

By Keith Miller | April 23, 2009

God’s Motivational Strategy—Splitting an “Adam”

Keith, I’m an ordained minister in a local church. I’ve tried all the programs our denomination has and almost no one in our parish is strongly motivated by them. In fact, most of my congregation seems to want only to float downstream in their canoes—without even ever picking up a paddle.  How do busy people […]

By Keith Miller | April 13, 2009

After Easter—Taking Your Faith to the Office

Keith, about two years ago I made a decision to turn my life and my will over to God. And I’m discovering a different way to love in which I am interested in learning how to love people. I read once where you described what happens to you when you tried to take your faith […]

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