The Christmas Pinata

Sometimes meaningless repetition is found in tradition. But if you look, there is great beauty. The story of Mary and Joseph looking for a place to rest on the Holy Night has been retold in  nearly every culture and language.  The King and Savior of the world wasn’t born in a castle, but in the [Read More…]

Christmas and the Family Feud

My friend Marlene Bagnull is rich in love and grace. And based on an article she wrote more than 35 years ago for Decision Magazine, she is also wise.  Entitled, “When Families Don’t Get Along – Peace at Christmas” the piece strikes a chord in many lives. We love to sing the Silent Night, when [Read More…]

Let it Go: Why Holding on Isn’t Always Such a Good Idea

Three years ago I unloaded my 1956 Chevy. As the buyer loaded it up on the trailer, the groans from the old girl were loud. I watched it go down the road on the trailer like a regal queen, sitting high above the traffic. It was my first car, brimming with memories. Part of the [Read More…]

Giving Thanks for Donald Trump {And Why You Should Too}

This Thanksgiving season, it seems that I’m praying a lot. I’m giving thanks for a job, for friends, for family. I’m actually giving thanks for the 20 extra pounds I’m carrying, a sign that I live in the land of plenty. I’m giving thanks for blessings seen and unseen. And I’m also praying for others. [Read More…]

Jubilant? Despondent? How God’s people should respond to the election results

The election is over. Finally, the popups, the stuffed mailboxes and nonstop advertisements can disappear and we can get back to living life. A little less than 0ne-half of our nation is suffering disappointment, and another large percentage is completely thrilled. Another large percentage is uneasy with the results. Let me speak to all sides. As [Read More…]

Syrian Refugees Find Faith, Life (It Could Happen in Your Town)

The Syrian crisis continues to be a humanitarian issue that should rivet the world. The renewed assault on Aleppo, by a variety of forces, is creating unfathomable pain. Political leaders, thinkers, religious figures and aid workers should come together and figure how to end the dismantling of a once prosperous and free country. But God [Read More…]

Millennials: Have you really given up hope?

When I was young, I wasn’t jaded by the news or by history or by fellow human beings. I really thought the world was on the edge of greatness and that maybe I was the one to tip it. Some called me idealistic, but that didn’t stop me. Some of those ideals have propelled me [Read More…]

Words can spark a revolution (But please stop shouting)

I’ve been thinking about the influence of Words. No I’m not about to talk about campaigns or political ads. Instead, I’m talking about movements that the world, and they all began with words. Independence Day marks the beginning of US freedom. But it started with words – really a short document, a Declaration that named the source [Read More…]

Divided We Stand: How Christian Faith Can Heal Our Land

I’ve been thinking divisions lately, since they seem to be so prominently highlighted in conversations, media, and politics. The discussion last week in this space about “intolerance” is still raging.  My online friends are now neatly divided into political camps with heated exchanges on Facebook. Even in this forum, it seems as if every article [Read More…]

Does Christianity Promote Intolerance?

In the public square of opinion, just about anything goes these days. We no longer simply recognize diversity, we celebrate it. We don’t just acknowledge our differences, we embrace them. What was once fringe is mainstream. As a Christian White Male, I’m told quite clearly that I “must tolerate” everyone and everything. However, I am [Read More…]