Advent Reflection on God’s Promise to David

Advent Reflection on God’s Promise to David Psalm 89:1-52 Lord, where is your unfailing love? You promised it to David with a faithful pledge. Psalm 89:49 On this fourth Sunday of Advent, we remember that we are waiting for the one who is the Son of David, the rightful king of Israel. Psalm 89 accentuates [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Saturday, December 17

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Saturday, December 17. For the last seven years, I have put up an online Advent calendar during the season of Advent. It featured pictures suitable for the season, matched with passages of Scripture. This year, I’m doing an online Advent Calendar once [Read More...]

What Would It Take for You Willinglly to Give Up Using Your Cell Phone in the Car?

I spend most of my driving time these days on I-10 in the Texas Hill Country. Odds of hitting another car? Very low. Odds of hitting a deer? Very high.

The headline of this New York Times article caught my eye and sped up my pulse: “U.S. Safety Board Urges Cellphone Ban for Drivers.”  They’re not talking only about handheld cellphone usage: As part of its recommendation, the National Transportation Safety Board is urging states to ban drivers from using hands-free devices, including wireless headsets. [Read More...]

Your Life is Not Private. Could This Be Good?

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Two recent news stories share a common theme: Your life is not private. For better or for worse, you are living in public. Millions of people and hundreds of pundits believe that this is, truly, for worse. I want to argue a point on the other side. In some ways, the expansion of public living [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Friday, December 16

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Friday, December 16. For the last seven years, I have put up an online Advent calendar during the season of Advent. It featured pictures suitable for the season, matched with passages of Scripture. This year, I’m doing an online Advent Calendar once [Read More...]

Christmas According to Dickens: Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave III

“The Ghost of Christmas Present” by John Leech from the first edition of A Christmas Carol.

Part 9 of series: Christmas According to Dickens Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave III When we last left Ebenezer Scrooge, he had just finished being visited by the first of three Christmas Spirits, the Ghost of Christmas Past. He fell into bed, exhausted. At the beginning of Stave III, Scrooge awakes, ready for the [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Thursday, December 15

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Thursday, December 15. For the last seven years, I have put up an online Advent calendar during the season of Advent. It featured pictures suitable for the season, matched with passages of Scripture. This year, I’m doing an online Advent Calendar once [Read More...]

Christmas According to Dickens: Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave II

“Mr. Fezziwig’s Ball” by John Leech, from the first edition of A Christmas Carol.

Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave II In my last post, I began to examine A Christmas Carol to discover why Ebenezer Scrooge changed so dramatically. I showed that we see the tiniest hint of his transformation in his interaction with the ghost of Jacob Marley, whose graciousness to Scrooge elicited a morsel of gratitude [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Wednesday, December 14

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Wednesday, December 14. For the last seven years, I have put up an online Advent calendar during the season of Advent. It featured pictures suitable for the season, matched with passages of Scripture. This year, I’m doing an online Advent Calendar once [Read More...]

Christmas According to Dickens: Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave 1

“Marley’s Ghost” by John Leech, from the first edition of A Christmas Carol.

Part 7 of series: Christmas According to Dickens Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave I As A Christmas Carol begins, Ebenezer Scrooge is one of the most unlikable characters in all of literature. Here, once again, is the full version of Charles Dickens’s classic description: Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Tuesday, December 13

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Tuesday, December 13. For the last seven years, I have put up an online Advent calendar during the season of Advent. It featured pictures suitable for the season, matched with passages of Scripture. This year, I’m doing an online Advent Calendar once [Read More...]

Christmas According to Dickens: What Made Scrooge Scrooge?

The first page of the original edition of A Christmas Carol.

What Made Scrooge Scrooge? If you call somebody a Scrooge today, everybody will know what you mean. You’re implying that someone is miserly, grumpy, and selfish, especially but not only during Christmastime. Soon I want to examine what made Ebenezer Scrooge change from being, well, Scrooge, to being a generous man who loved both people [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Monday, December 12

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Monday, December 12. For the last seven years, I have put up an online Advent calendar during the season of Advent. It featured pictures suitable for the season, matched with passages of Scripture. This year, I’m doing an online Advent Calendar once [Read More...]

“Ebenezer Scrooge” – The Meaning of the Name

Part 5 of series: Christmas According to Dickens “Ebenezer Scrooge” – The Meaning of the Name As a first step in our consideration of the question “Why did Ebenezer Scrooge change?” I want to examine the character’s name. Charles Dickens was an author who paid attention to the tiniest details of a story. Surely he [Read More...]

How the Christmas Spirit Can Improve Your Marriage

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When we talk about the Christmas spirit, we think of giving, caring, and generosity. Yes, of course I realize that the theological core of Christmas is the birth of Jesus. But this is actually a supreme act of giving, in which God the Father “gives” his Son out of love for all of us (John [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Sunday, December 11

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Sunday, December 11. For the last seven years, I have put up an online Advent calendar during the season of Advent. It featured pictures suitable for the season, matched with passages of Scripture. This year, I’m doing an online Advent Calendar once [Read More...]


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