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

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

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

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?

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”

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?

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

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…]

A Church as a Body, Part 1

Recap: In this series, What is a Church?, I’m trying to discover what the Bible says about the local church. What is, or better yet, what should this odd collection of people we call a church be like? What is the nature of a Christian community, according to Scripture? So far I’ve examined in detail [Read More…]

Church Beyond the Local Gathering

Part 12 of series: What is a Church? Church Beyond the Local Gathering Before I finish my discussion of the meaning of the word ekklesia – usually translated as “church” – in the New Testament, I need to say something about the use of ekklesia in Paul’s letters to the Colossians and the Ephesians. Curiously, [Read More…]

You Don’t See These Everyday in Your Police Blotter!

For fun, yes, fun, I sometime read the police blotter in my local newspaper, the Boerne Star. Here are some items from the most recent edition (Nov 4). Boerne Police Department October 30, 1:59 a.m. – An officer found nothing suspicious where a woman reported hearing someone walking about outside, followed by a thud, but [Read More…]

The Church as an Alternative Community, Part 2

Part 11 of series: What is a Church? The Church as an Alternative Community, Part 2 In yesterday’s post, I explained how the early Christian use of the work ekklesia for their gathering suggested that the church was an alternative, even a subversive community. By subversive, I do not mean that Christians were plotting to [Read More…]

Why Is Work Important?

The High Calling features a 60-second video on the question: Why is work important? Check out this short clip on the transformative power of work. Do you think Doug Barr is right? Is this why work matters? [Read more…]