Daring to Hope in the Stress of Uncertainty (Mark 16:1-8)

By Matthew L. Skinner.Stress is an accepted reality of everyday life. What stresses you out? Many people fear death. It’s an understandable fear. And one that’s socially acceptable. But shouldn’t we also admit that living can be scary as hell, too? As any fan of The Walking Dead and other apocalyptic fiction knows, it doesn’t take much for the lines between order and chaos, between civility and mayhem, and between trustworthiness and falsehood to be exposed as thinner than adverti … [Read more...]

Luke 2:1-20 – The “Real” War on Christmas?

By Eric BarrettoOur culture today is full of laments about the Christmas holiday.Some bemoan the ever earlier advent of the season. Doesn’t it seem that Christmas decorations line the aisles of stores earlier and earlier every year? Doesn’t it seem that Christmas songs are piped into elevators earlier and earlier every year? Doesn’t it seem as if all the fall holidays are melding into one long anticipation of Christmas? Before long, we might wonder if Labor Day will one day mark the end o … [Read more...]