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December 13, 2018
Come Home for Christmas: Welcoming Our LGBTQ Friends In Church
Earlier this year, I was at a conference for the senior ministers of the largest...
December 11, 2018
Next December: When Hope Takes the Long View
Sometimes hope takes the long view. During Advent, we talk about holding out hope for...
December 08, 2018
Singing In the Dark: 7 Christmas Songs You Never Saw Coming
What I know from years of blogging (and pastoring) is that people have some FEELINGS...
December 19, 2017
In Pro-life America, Would Mary Survive the Night?
Drive down a Missouri highway, and you will not be distracted by any scenic vistas....
December 18, 2017
Christmas Card Blues
Y'all, I had the best of intentions this year. Got family pictures taken in early...
December 12, 2017
Peace, Love, Music: 10 Christmas Songs of Resistance
Let's be real: 90% of the Christmas music they play on the radio is garbage....
December 11, 2017
What Mary Knew
Allow me a Grinch-y moment folks... I love Christmas, but some of the secular trappings...
November 28, 2017
Outside the Box: Rethinking Holiday Charitable Giving
I am fundamentally opposed to Black Friday shopping. For many reasons, not the least of...
October 20, 2017
40 Things For My 40th Birthday: What I’m Giving Up, Embracing, Or Not Even Worried About
I’m trying to say it out loud, so here goes: I’m 40. Four-oh. 4-times-10. FORTY....
December 21, 2016
The End of Words: A Zechariah Advent
Thanks to the magic of Facebook pop-up memories, I revisit the posts of Christmas Past...
December 12, 2016
What Were You Expecting?
What were you expecting? If your childhood pre-dates the digital age and the magic of...
December 07, 2016
Open: The Perfect Christmas Card
I guess it's time to start thinking about Christmas cards. (sigh) This means coming up with...
November 30, 2016
Assemble: Word 3, Advent 1
One of the best parts of Christmas at my house is getting out the nativity...
November 29, 2016
Shift: 5 Ways to a Sane December
Advent 1, Word #2 -- shift. I'm trying this thing again, where I blog every (week)day...
November 28, 2016
Anticipate: Advent 1, Word 1
I spend a lot of my time and energy anticipating future needs. Mine, and those...
December 24, 2015
Meanwhile, Instead, Anyway: Christmas, the Great Conjunction
My high school English teacher--the one who showed me the wonders of eliminating 'to-be' verbs...
December 22, 2015
Deep in the Root
Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light. This winter image, offered up by...
December 17, 2015
Let it Go: What Church Can and Can’t Be at Christmas
Here's what I did NOT need to see: that article from "Christianity Today" about how...
December 16, 2015
Hope Trumps Fear: Advent Thoughts on the GOP Debate
"Look Daddy! Every time Trump gets 'booed,' an angel gets his wings!" ...is the thought...
December 10, 2015
This Magic Window
Most years, I’m a Christmas minimalist. My kids get 3 or 4 gifts each—some of...
December 03, 2015
Come Darkness, Come Light
I'm going to have to call the police on my neighbors. The liturgical police, that...
December 01, 2015
Naughty or Nice: Tell Your Kids They’re Good
I swear I didn't lose it on purpose. Here's how it happened. When my daughter...
November 30, 2015
Keeping the Light
Normally, I’m a purist. Nothing green or sparkly goes up at my house until the...
November 09, 2015
Red Cup Blues: 7 (Real) Reasons to Step Away from the Starbucks
Lots of good things start with imaginary Christian persecution. For instance: My first viral blog...
December 24, 2014
In Defense of Innkeepers
A communion meditation for Christmas Eve... Every good Christmas story has a villain. An Ebeneezer...
December 23, 2014
The Clergy/Parent’s Christmas Eve Survival Guide
For clergy with small children, it’s kind of a sick joke: your longest work day...
December 20, 2014
The Nice List: Songs that Save Christmas
Last week, I wrote about those holiday songs that set our teeth on edge/cause ear...
December 17, 2014
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10 Songs That Ruin Christmas
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…Some grating, tedious songs...
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