Tell Me Again

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I've lost count of how many times I've read the Grinch these past few weeks. I've got it memorized, as do the kids. In fact, they are starting to cotton on when i try to skip a line or two in order to move things on along toward bedtime. "No, mom, you forgot the part where..."Meanwhile, in my own reading life, i am making nightly trips to Hogwarts--again. This is probably my third time reading the newer books, more like 4th or 5th on some of the older ones. I've got other characters and … [Read more...]

In Church, at Christmastime

The phone is ringing off the hook,The sanctuary’s hard to book.Yes it’s clean--dare you to look--In church, at Christmastime. One hard-working secretaryIs a little tried and harried.Under bulletin notes, she’s buried,In church, at Christmastime. The kids are plenty sugar wired,the moms all look a little tired,and we all know how that transpiredIn church, at Christmastime. Cause church ladies are such a soft touch … [Read more...]

Do Not Be Afraid

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Guest Post: Rev. Amy Gopp is Executive Director of the Week of Compassion. WOC is the relief, refugee and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. They share the good news of Jesus Christ through disaster response, humanitarian aid, sustainable development and the promotion of mission opportunities. This holiday season, you can make a gift that truly brings hope to a waiting world.The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, f … [Read more...]

In the Bleak Midwinter

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What Are You Waiting For?We have two choices; we are either waiting for death, or we are waiting for life. We can stockpile our weapons, or we can sing into the darkness. We can live in fear of our neighbor and cling more tightly to our stuff, our answers, our 'rights.' Or, we can say, enough already; our way is not working. We can make a way in this wilderness for God to do a new thing in us, for us, maybe even with us.Into this wilderness, a child is born. A son is given. On those who … [Read more...]

In Due Time

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Guest post: Kent Somers is Sports Writer for the Arizona Republic. He covers the AZ Cardinals and the NFL. When he's not on the road, doing the most awesome job ever, he worships and serves at Foothills Christian Church. You can follow him on twitter the rest of the time.What are you waiting for?As a young(er) person, I thought life moved at my pace and on my timetable. College, marriage, job, kids; I wouldn’t say I saw them as tasks that needed to be completed, but they were on the c … [Read more...]

What We Never Knew We Needed

Guest Post: Rev. Andrew Shepherd is Pastoral Resident at Foothills Christian Church in Phoenix. He also likes to make beer, but is keeping his day job for now.What are you waiting for?I still remember my first Kindle. It was a 21st birthday gift from my mother. When I first opened it, I didn’t really know what it was. The box was covered with the words “Amazon,” and it was printed with reviews extolling this product as “revolutionary.” It didn’t take me very long to agree with them (nor … [Read more...]

Week 2, Day 2: Magnificat

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Mary's was the original Christmas carol. She is the reason that we sing our way through the season, the reason we can muster a song of joy in December, despite whatever cold, gray, snow or sleet might otherwise prevail. (Well, not at my house--70 and sunny here in AZ today, and yet the desert folks are dragging out mittens and making chili...)Thanks to Mary's song of praise, we enjoy a whole broad spectrum of songs in this season that help us to worship, to celebrate, to engage the gospel in … [Read more...]

To Sing While We Wait

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Our new baby nephew was born in Kentucky very early this morning. I'm reminded of how much waiting for Christmas--if you do it right--is like the experience of waiting for a real and actual baby. Much anticipation, a little discomfort (more than a little if you are the mother!) and such good news of great joy upon arrival. When the gift of new life comes to any family, it affirms our hope of a future, and the certainty of God's presence and faithfulness in all things.I'm sharing an Advent hy … [Read more...]

Week 1, Day 5: In All Things, Peace

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A guest post today from Shirley Mahood, active member of Foothills Christian Church. Shirley is a Stephens Minister, an experienced lecturer and retreat presenter, and the author of Making Our Lives Work. She is available for retreats and other gatherings, and may be reached at smahood@cox.netWhat Are You Waiting For? Peace. At all times and in all situations.I think this is what many people wait for, but it can be very elusive.  Even when it does come, it is fleeting.  We can be pea … [Read more...]


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