Make a Joyful Symphony to Christ the King: Inspiration from the High Calling

Make a Joyful Symphony to Christ the King Psalm 98:1-9 Sing your praise to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and melodious song, with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn. Make a joyful symphony before the LORD, the King! Psalm 98:5-6 Today is a special holiday in the Christian year (sometimes [Read More...]

Catholic Church to Buy Orange County’s Crystal Cathedral

The Crystal Cathedral in Orange County, California

The Los Angeles Times reports that, after months of rumors and lots of battles in bankruptcy court, it has now been decided that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange will purchase the Crystal Cathedral for a tidy sum of $57.5 million. This sale is the result of the financial failure of the Crystal Cathedral and [Read More...]

A Season of Thanksgiving: Thankful for the Beauty of Nature

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Part 6 of series: Thanksgiving: Not Just a Day, But a Season Thankful for the Beauty of Nature in Autumn On a recent trip to New York City, I joined my son, Nathan, for a walk/hike through Van Cortland Park. This park of more than 1,000 acres is in the northwest Bronx. It’s accessible from [Read More...]

Don’t Misread this Sign!

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During a recent sojourn to New York, I noticed this sign in Terminal 3 of JFK airport. I don’t know about you, but I fear there’s a bit of ambiguity here. I’m pretty sure the sign actually means: “Pet Relief Area: go downstairs and outside of the building.” But it seems to me that someone [Read More...]

A Season of Thanksgiving: In Your Celebration of Thanksgiving, Don’t Miss Jesus!

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Part 5 of series: Thanksgiving: Not Just a Day, But a Season In Your Celebration of Thanksgiving, Don’t Miss Jesus In today’s blog post, I want to share with you a short, online meditation, a little sermon, if you will. It is based on one of the more familiar and beloved passages of Scripture, the [Read More...]

A Season of Thanksgiving: Be Sure to Thank People Too!

Part 4 of series: Thanksgiving: Not Just a Day, But a Season A Season of Thanksgiving: Be Sure to Thank People Too! I’ll never forget something I heard at the baccalaureate service that was part of my graduation from college. As I sat in the Memorial Church of Harvard University, the President of Radcliffe College [Read More...]

Discovering Advent: My E-Book Is Now Available

Discovering Advent: How to Experience the Power of Waiting on God at Christmastime tells the story of my personal discovery of Advent, something Christians have been celebrating for centuries, but which has been a relatively new addition to my life. As I share my story, I explain the meaning, traditions, and purpose of Advent. I [Read More...]

No More Clink of the Coin in the Kettle . . . Salvation Army Ringers Go Digital

The New York Times reports that the Salvation Army is going digital. In more and more locations this year, those omnipresent bell ringers with the red kettles will be equipped so you can swipe your card in order to make a Christmas donation. According to a Salvation Army representative: “A lot of people just don’t [Read More...]

A Season of Thanksgiving: A Brief History of Thanksgiving

“The First Thanksgiving” by Jennie August Brownscombe, 1914

Part 3 of series: Thanksgiving: Not Just a Day, But a Season A Season of Thanksgiving: A Brief History of Thanksgiving For several years, it has been my history to put up a bit of Thanksgiving history a few days prior to the holiday. So, once again, here is a brief history of Thanksgiving. Several [Read More...]

A Season of Thanksgiving: Don’t Overlook the Heart of Thanksgiving

A scene from the 1979 version of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Notice Underdog in the background.

Part 2 of series: Thanksgiving: Not Just a Day, But a Season A Season of Thanksgiving: Don’t Overlook the Heart of Thanksgiving In just over a week, Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Yet for many of us, the actual holiday is so full of activity that we have little time for intentional, extended giving of [Read More...]

Rats! Maybe I’m Not So Funny After All

At least this guy likes my jokes.

According the a recent story in the New York Times, I may not be as funny as I think I am. No, no, the Times didn’t run a story on my personal comedy. That would be a very short and a very boring article. I am speaking here as a member of my gender, as [Read More...]

A Time for Thanksgiving: Why Start Now?

Straus Hall, my freshman dorm

Part 1 of series: Thanksgiving: Not Just a Day, But a Season A Time for Thanksgiving: Why Start Now? Today, I’m interrupting my blog series, What is a Church?, in order to spend the next few days focusing on Thanksgiving. That’s right, Thanksgiving. Yes, I know that the official American holiday falls on the fourth [Read More...]

The Biblical Imperative We Love to Ignore: Inspiration from the High Calling

The Biblical Imperative We Love to Ignore Psalm 96:1-13 Sing a new song to the LORD! Let the whole earth sing to the LORD! Psalm 96:1 Psalm 96 begins with a simple imperative: “Sing a new song to the LORD!” If you look up all of the Hebrew words that underlie this command, you find [Read More...]

Don’t Miss “The Way”

Martin Sheen in The Way

Last night I saw The Way. This movie, starring Martin Sheen, is one of the most beautiful and moving films I have seen in a long time. I highly recommend it. If you can catch it in a theater, so much the better because of it’s visual beauty. In The Way, Martin Sheen plays an [Read More...]

When Is Inequality Okay? When Is It Not Okay?

David Brooks, advisor to foreign tourists

One of my favorite writers, David Brooks, seeks to answer these questions in his fascinating and cage-rattling op-ed in the New York Times. Brooks begins “The Inequality Map” with a tongue-in-cheek situation: Foreign tourists are coming up to me on the streets and asking, “David, you have so many different kinds of inequality in your [Read More...]

A Church as a Body, Part 2

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Part 14 of series: What is a Church? A Church as a Body, Part 2 In my last post I began to explain why the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth, and why he used the image of the human body to help them understand who they were as God’s people together. The [Read More...]


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