Rev. Dr. Michael Piazza

Living Substantially

The writer of the book of Hebrews understood there was a potent connection between hope and faith. They also understood that there was an important difference, so they wrote:

Faith is the substance of things hoped for;
the evidence of things not seen.

Or as the New International Bible translates it:

Faith is the confidence of what we hope will actually happen;
it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

Faith and hope. That connection is important because all too often what we really want is certainty that the things we hope for will come to pass. That isn’t faith; it is magical thinking.

On Losing Your Soul

We deal with money every day, but we do our best to avoid death … We have lots of ways to avoid death. Look at how talk about it. We say that someone has “passed on,” or “passed away,” or just “passed.” We speak of “resting in peace” or “kicking the bucket.” Death is the one thing we all have in common, but we somehow cannot bring ourselves to talk about it.