Brian Isenbarger

Brian Isenbarger

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The inoculation of sin

I’m a very sick man. In fact, I knock daily on death’s door. You see, I inherited it from my parents, and it has been in the family tree ever […]

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The dynamite of the Gospel

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel: it is the power of God!” (Rm 1:16) The Gospel is the very power of God. In the original language, the word […]

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God is not an insurance policy

You know the commercials: “15 minutes could save you 15% or more.” “Like a good neighbor…” “You’re in good hands…” In this land of plenty, we like to protect our […]

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God or the vending machine?

Here at the seminary, there are two vending machines right when I walk into the building. If it’s been a long day of pastoral assignments or classes, there is nothing […]

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Being a fearless son

Through our own sacramental life, beginning with baptism and finding its perfection in the Eucharist, the Father speaks the very same words over us. In baptism, we become adopted sons […]

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Graduation, diplomas and degrees: What is your identity?

This time of year is always marked by transitions. Whether it be graduations, weddings or simply traveling for the summer, we often find ourselves moving from one place to another […]

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I know your vocation in life!

One of the privileges we have as seminarians is going to school visits with either high school or grade school students. It is always a lot of fun to answer […]