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...]

Advent Reflection on Streams in the Desert and Shouts of Joy

Advent Reflection on Streams in the Desert and Shouts of Joy Psalm 126:1-6 Restore our fortunes, LORD, as streams renew the desert. Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. Psalm 126:4-5 Where I live in the Texas Hill Country, hundreds of creeks meander through the oak-covered hills, canyons, and ranches. A [Read More...]

Christmas according to Dickens: The First “Ebenezer Scrooge”

The churchyard of Elmley Castle Church, Worcestershire, Great Britain

Part 4 of series: Christmas According to Dickens The First “Ebenezer Scrooge” If I were to tell you that Charles Dickens wrote a story about a solitary, crotchety old man who despised both people and Christmas until some supernatural visitors came to him on Christmas Eve and taught him to have a new perspective on [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Saturday, December 10

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Saturday, December 10. 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...]

The High Calling App Has Just Been Released

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I am pleased to announce the release of The High Calling app. As you may already know, TheHighCalling.org is a website and online community that is part of Foundations for Laity Renewal, where I work. Until now, you could visit The High Calling through your web browser. Thousands of people do this each month. Also, [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Friday, December 9

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Friday, December 9. 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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