Thomas McGreevy

The Question

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I’m on vacation this week.  I’m sitting about 50 yards from the ocean right now.  I have nothing to do.  There are no tasks lined up for me.  There is no routine to step through each day.  There is no schedule.  There is nothing that I am supposed to do.  This kind of vacation has the same effect on me every year.  I’m not quite sure what to do with it.  The beauty around me stirs something within me and I feel like I want to act on it, but…read more

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Who Are You Really?

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What would you do if there wasn’t a system in place telling you what to do… a system telling you what is expected of you and what success and good behavior look like.  You may not realize it, but there is a system of every imaginable variety waiting for you no matter what path you set out on.  A system for every career.  A system for the morally convicted.  A system for every political persuasion.  Like “The Matrix”, these systems hold people hostage.  The real question is, “Who are you?” We were the…read more

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Why Christianity?

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If you’re looking for a religion go with Buddhism or Hinduism.  The Christian religion is almost unbearable.  But if you want freedom and life there is only one place to find it…  Jesus Christ.

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Love

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“He is dead who will not fight” – Julian Grenfell True love is passionate!  It isn’t nonchalant.  It isn’t simply tolerant.  It fights and dies on behalf of its object.  It abandons self preservation.  Everywhere it appears in this world it stirs up a major ruckus.  If you love anyone or anything your opportunity to fight for them is imminent.  A mother toward her children, a man for his country, and God for his people… it is war and tears and death.  Any other version isn’t love.  Any other life…read more

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Consent

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“no one can be… subjected to the political power of another without his own consent” (John Locke) According to John Locke, the legitimacy of political authority in a civil state depends on whether the transfer of authority has happened with the individuals’ consent.  I think this principle applies to all legitimate power and authority including religious and social authority.  Here are a couple interesting implications; – the people who you consider to be legitimate authorities only have that authority because you gave it to them in one way or another… by giving them your…read more

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That Ache

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You know that really strong pain killer they give people after a major surgery?  I’ve never been given it myself, but I’ve talked to people who have.  They talk about how it’s not surprising that people get addicted to that stuff.  They talk about how good it makes you feel.  It makes you realize how much general pain you’ve always had because when you’re on it you don’t feel any of it.  What amazes me is the amount of pain we all have without even realizing it is there.  We…read more

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Sweet Disruption

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Let’s face it; we all have a deep tumultuous well of emotion inside us that bubbles up at various times throughout our lives.  It may be resentment, bitterness, disappointment, frustration, anger, despair, yearning or any one of a number of other sentiments.  We experience these difficult stretches where, despite our best efforts, we can’t seem to get our hearts into the “right place”.  Something deep within us is unsettled and will not quiet down.  It’s the sort of disruption that feels like it could threaten our whole world view and…read more

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Bold As A Lion

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“The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” – Proverbs 28:1   Sometimes it feels like it’s the self-righteous that are as bold as lions and the truly righteous that flee.  Have you ever noticed that?  I see it with professional athletes, politicians, actors, and corporate CEO’s.  There are some who are timid and appear to be righteous, but they seem as if they are out of their league.  There are others who don’t appear to be righteous at all, but seam…read more

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How Does It Feel?

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If you’re like me, in addition to getting to your destination in life, you want it to feel good on the way.  Unfortunately, we don’t always feel good.  We have to come to terms with this.  We don’t always have peace and confidence.  We aren’t always warm and comfortable and well-rested.  We don’t always feel secure.  Apparently Jesus expects us to be able to get past how it feels. Think of Peter when he asks to come out of the boat to walk to Jesus.  Jesus actually calls him out…read more

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Thirsty

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At some point we just have to be honest and admit that we are thirsty.  I am sitting here in my cubicle on a wintry day in March and I am thirsty.  I want more.  Why is that so hard to admit?  We feel we’re not good little Christians if we need more than what we have.  It feels like we are being ungrateful, or that we are doing something wrong.  Why do we feel inclined to pretend that we can deal with it?  “We can make due with what we’ve…read more

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