Generous Love

The final Sunday of Advent is the “love” candle, and that made me think about generosity – a fitting meditation as this week moves forward. Here is where I come back around to Advent. Because, let’s remember: generosity and love are intimately linked. It is impossible to be generous toward someone you do not love—and [Read More...]

Cash or a Cow for Christmas?

At Christianity Today, they’re thinking about charitable Christmas giving and asking whether it really helps. This is an increasingly common Christmas present—to make a donation to a poor family in a developing country in the name of a loved one. Increasingly, organizations such as the Heifer Project, World Vision, Samaritan’s Purse, Kiva, and other charitable organizations [Read More...]

The Joyful Sunday

Yesterday was the third Sunday of Advent, when we light the “joy” candle – the pink one, traditionally. Here’s my reflection: Penitence is hard. It is hard to be reminded that we are fallible, imperfect, inclined to do evil. It’s even harder to adopt the attitude of humility and brokenness about those fallen states we [Read More...]

This Great Hunger

Here’s Bradford Winters on his family’s recent trip to Ireland, and “this great hunger”: For when I came to Ireland entirely well-fed and altogether famished, I came planning that our family sabbatical would double in ways as an individual semi-retreat. I would be working, yes, but far away from the hectic elements of life back [Read More...]


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