A Doodle for Christmas Day

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Christmas Day, December 25. 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 [Read More…]

Keeping Christmas Well: Like Ebenezer Scrooge

Keeping Christmas Well…Like Ebenezer Scrooge Luke 2:1-16 She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. Luke 2:7 In the first stave of Charles Dickens’ classic story, A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge didn’t [Read More…]

Online Advent Calendar for Saturday, December 24

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Saturday, December 24. 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 Friday, December 23

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Friday, December 23. 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 Changed Ebenezer Scrooge? What Changes Us? (Part 2)

Part 14 of series: Christmas According to Dickens What Changed Ebenezer Scrooge? What Changes Us? (Part 2) Yesterday, I began to gather together the strands of this series and weave some conclusions about what transforms us. I suggested that: • Transformation begins when something interrupts our ordinary experience. • Transformation comes through pain. • Transformation [Read More…]

Online Advent Calendar for Thursday, December 22

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Thursday, December 22. 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 Changed Ebenezer Scrooge? What Changes Us?

Part 13 of series: Christmas According to Dickens What Changed Ebenezer Scrooge? What Changes Us? I’m finally ready to answer the question that has guided much of this series on A Christmas Carol: Why did Ebenezer Scrooge change? Today I want to sum up what we’ve discovered and make some connections to our own experience. [Read More…]

Online Advent Calendar for Wednesday, December 21

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Wednesday, December 21. 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: Evidence of Scrooge’s Changed Life: Stave V

Part 12 of series: Christmas According to Dickens Evidence of Scrooge’s Changed Life: Stave V When we left Ebenezer Scrooge in my last post of this series, he had come to the end of the visits by the Spirits of Christmas past, present, and future. In response to these visits, he promised to be a [Read More…]

Online Advent Calendar for Tuesday, December 20

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Tuesday, December 20. 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 IV

Part 11 of series: Christmas According to Dickens Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave IV The final Spirit to visit Ebenezer Scrooge is the “Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come” or simply the “Ghost of the Future.” This silent Spirit, shrouded in black, takes the mythic form of death. Not surprisingly, the visions it reveals [Read More…]

Online Advent Calendar for Monday, December 19

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Monday, December 19. 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 (Part 2)

Part 10 of series: Christmas According to Dickens Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave III (Part 2) In my last post in this series, I began considering what in Stave III contributes to the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge’s heart. I summarized the events of Stave III, focusing especially on Scrooge’s response to children in need: [Read More…]

Online Advent Calendar for Sunday, December 18

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Sunday, December 18. 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 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…]