Don’t Stress About Christmas: The High Calling Interviews Me About Advent


Recently, I was interviewed by The High Calling on the topic of Advent. Well, strictly speaking, I was interviewed by Marcus Goodyear, the Senior Editor of The High Calling and one of my colleagues at Foundations for Laity Renewal. Marcus does a fine interview, which means, from my point of view, that his questions were [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Sunday, November 27


Click on the image to the right to see today’s Advent doodle. 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 again, but with some [Read More...]

Get Ready for Advent!

One tangible thing you might want to do in preparation for Advent is to make an Advent wreath like the one I made a few years ago.

Advent is coming. It’s time to get ready. You might be wondering, “How do I get ready for Advent? There aren’t any presents to buy. No parties to throw. No decorations to put up. So what am I supposed to do to get ready?” It is true that, compared to its more popular cousin, Christmas, [Read More...]

Reflection for Thanksgiving Day

Reflection for Thanksgiving Day Psalm 100:1-5 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4 On this Thanksgiving Day, Americans are encouraged to pause and give thanks to God. In his Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863, President Abraham Lincoln wrote: “The year that is [Read More...]

Do You Want a Happy Thanksgiving? A Serving of Gratitude May Save the Day

Thanksgiving dinner with members of my family.

Part 9 of series: Thanksgiving: Not Just a Day, But a Season Do You Want a Happy Thanksgiving? A Serving of Gratitude May Save the Day Do you want a happy Thanksgiving? According to John Tierney, writing for the New York Times, “A Serving of Gratitude May Save the Day.” And more than just the [Read More...]

Today’s Daily Reflection: Be Thankful in All Circumstances

Be Thankful in All Circumstances 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, so I have set apart this whole week for reflections on gratitude. Today, I want to consider a verse [Read More...]

Wedged Between Glenn Beck and The Christmas Dog


First, I want to say thanks to those who have purchased my new (and first) e-book, Discovering Advent: How to Experience the Power of Waiting on God at Christmastime. And for those who would like to buy the book but do not own an e-reader, I apologize for not having a way to distribute the [Read More...]

Dear God, Thank You For This Crummy Job

Do you ever feel like this at work?

Part 9 of series: Thanksgiving: Not Just a Day, But a Season Dear God, Thank You For This Crummy Job I just read a wonderful and timely piece on being thankful for a job even if it’s a crummy one. David Rupert begins his article for The High Calling this way: I remember the days [Read More...]

Today’s Daily Reflection: God Helps Us to Remember

God Helps Us to Remember Psalm 111:1-10 He causes us to remember his wonderful works. How gracious and merciful is our LORD! Psalm 111:4 When I actually take time to think about God’s grace in my life, when I actually remember the ways he has saved, healed, and transformed me, then gratitude flows quite easily. [Read More...]

How Can I Be Thankful When . . . ? Expressing Gratitude When Times are Hard

This is one of my favorite pictures of my dad and me.

Part 8 of series: Thanksgiving: Not Just a Day, But a Season How Can I Be Thankful When . . . ? The Bible instructs us to be consistently thankful. In writing to the Thessalonian Christians, the Apostle Paul said, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus [Read More...]

Today’s Daily Reflection: Thanks for God’s Love and Wonders

Thanks for God’s Love and Wonders Psalm 107:1-43 Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. Psalm 107:8 This coming Thursday, residents of the United States will stop as a nation for Thanksgiving Day. It is a day for us to express our gratitude [Read More...]

Thanking of You: Using the Internet to Promote Gratitude!


I’ve discovered a website dedicated to thanksgiving . . . not Thanksgiving, the holiday, but thanksgiving, the practice of expressing gratitude. Thanking of You provides a platform for people to say “thank you” to a wide variety of people for a wide variety of blessings. Here are a couple of examples: Thanks for a Teaching [Read More...]

Want a Happier, Healthier Life? Then Be Thankful!

A whole bunch of thankful people?

Part 7 of series: Thanksgiving: Not Just a Day, But a Season Want a Happier, Healthier Life? Then Be Thankful! Now, I know this sounds like pop psychobabble. But, in fact, serious research suggests that expressing gratitude for your blessings will, indeed, help you to be both happier and healthier. Among the studies that demonstrate [Read More...]

Before You Think Too Highly of Yourself . . . Think Again!


The news has been buzzing recently with sad scandals. Presidential hopeful Herman Cain has been accused by several women of sexually inappropriate advances. Beloved football coach, Joe Paterno, believed to be a bastion of integrity in the ethically-compromised world of college football, appears not to have responded adequately when one of his coaches was alleged [Read More...]

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...]