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Your 2016 Story

The Christmas season is in full swing (It’s twelve days, after all…) though it seems that the world has moved on. I saw King Cakes in Walmart yesterday, but eating a slice of its gooey, frosted goodness is just a sin before January 6th. Beginning this Sunday my congregation will begin a new worship series… Read more »

The Christmas Trinity

The nativity story is a play in three acts revealing to us God’s essence. In the first act Luke sets the story squarely in a real place and time. “In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.” Luke starts at the top with Caesar because in… Read more »

Lights Please…

The girls are home from school this week as we get ready for the Christmas holiday. As I started to write my Christmas Eve sermon I invited the girls to help me. I read them the Christmas story from Luke’s gospel, and I invited them to ask me questions about the story or to tell… Read more »

A Clever Genocide

13 Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ Matthew 2:13 ‘The kingdom of… Read more »

Those Pagan Kids

I recently read a Facebook post from someone upset that so many churches were celebrating that “Pagan” holiday, Halloween. This irritation is as perennial as church pumpkin patch fundraisers. Some suggest that churches are bowing to culture and diluting Christ’s Gospel, or that celebrating Halloween crosses an idolatrous border. It is true that Halloween isn’t… Read more »

Is Mercy Ever Wrong? Doctor Who and the Magician’s Apprentice

Sorry for the long post and the rambling, run-on sentences . . .   “I desire mercy, not sacrifice” (Hosea 6:6). Is there ever a situation in which showing mercy is wrong? This was the parting question during the Doctor Who season 9 opener last week. In lieu of giving away spoilers, the Doctor is… Read more »

The Games We Play

“Games, then and now, often possess this unusual, revelatory quality, offering participants and spectators new insights into themselves and the world around them.” —Dr. Ken Evers-Hood My daughters and I love playing “The Game of Life.” For them, the game is about who can finish first. They love rolling a ten every time they set… Read more »

When Job, Occupation, and Vocation Collide

There is a great difference between a job, an occupation, and a vocation. Your job is your list of responsibilities. If you work in a button factory, you might list “pressing buttons” as your first priority, but it’s certainly not your only job. If you have a family, I’m sure you’re preparing a meal for… Read more »

The Hope and Fear of New

The start of a new semester can sometimes be like watching two athletes in the Octagon.  In one corner there is a great hope.  On the first day of class everyone has a 4.0 Dean’s list opportunity.  How proud my family would be if the semester ended with the first class.  No blemishes, no lost… Read more »