Why is Advent Like Learning to Ride a Bike?

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Advent is like learning to ride a bike. No, you don’t have to wear a helmet. No, there is little risk that you will scrape your elbows. No, you don’t even need training wheels. Actually, I can think of several similarities between Advent and learning to ride a bike. For one thing, neither is really [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Sunday, December 4

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Sunday, December 4. 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...]

Advent Reflection on Forgiveness and Hope

Advent Reflection on Forgiveness and Hope Psalm 130:1-8 LORD, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you. Psalm 130:3-4 Psalm 130 begins with a desperate cry for help. The psalmist calls out to God “from the depths of [Read More...]

How Can You Be Polite When You’re Talking To (Not On, but To) Your Phone?

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Now we have a new challenge to our social order and general peace of mind: people talking to (not on, but to) their phones, their “virtual assistants,” if you will. This problem was highlighted in an article in the New York Times, “Virtual Assistants Raise New Issues of Phone Etiquette” by Nick Wingfield. Here’s is [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Saturday, December 3

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Saturday, December 3. 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...]

How Exercise Helps You Think Better

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It’s not uncommon these days to hear pop psychologists, fitness gurus, and even serious scientists claim that exercise helps us think better. There is some connection, it is asserted, between physical exercise and the brain. Now, we are beginning to understand this connection, which supports the notion that exercise actually helps us to think better. [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Friday, December 2

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent doodle for Friday, December 2. 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...]

Score at the End of the Second Inning: McDonalds 2, San Francisco 1

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San Francisco was leading at the end of the first inning by a score of 1-0. I think San Francisco thought they had won the game, beating McDonalds soundly. But it turns out that there are more innings to be played, and McDonalds is leading at the end of the second. Let me explain what [Read More...]

Should You Ask Santa for a Tablet or an E-reader?

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“Should you ask Santa for a tablet or an e-reader?” Edward C. Baig, writing for USA Today, recently asked this question in an article the evaluates the relative benefits and limits of tablets and e-readers. His article does an excellent job laying out the specifics and making recommendations. If you’re thinking about purchasing a tablet [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Thursday, December 1

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent doodle for Thursday, December 1. 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...]

Online Advent Calendar for Wednesday, November 30

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent doodle for Wednesday, November 30. 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...]

Anti-Wall Street Fervor on College Campuses Reflects a Lack of Vision

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In a recent edition of the New York Times I read an article that I found both fascinating and disturbing. In “At Top Colleges, Anti-Wall St. Fervor Complicates Recruiting,” Kevin Roose describes the efforts of students in the Occupy Wall Street movement to keep their fellow students from interviewing for jobs in banking and finance. [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Tuesday, November 29

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent doodle for Tuesday, November 29. 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, Culture, and Christ: Do We Need a Little Christmas?

Black Friday crowd waiting to get into the Apple Store on 5th Ave. in New York. Photo from JoeInQueens via Flickr.

In the Broadway musical Mame, eccentric Mame Dennis loses her fortune in the Wall Street crash of 1929. Believing that she and her household need some cheering up, she sings what has now become a popular holiday song, “We Need a Little Christmas.” The final chorus rings with seasonal desire: Slice up the fruitcake; It’s [Read More...]

Three Thumbs Up for “Discovering Advent”

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I’m pleased to have recently read three online reviews of my new e-book, Discovering Advent: How to Experience the Power of Waiting on God at Christmastime. The first appears at Faith, Fiction, Friends, the blog of Glynn Young. After sharing his own experience of knowing very little about Advent, Glynn writes: I knew what [Advent] [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Monday, November 28

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent doodle for Monday, November 28. 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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