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December 30, 2018
Be Astonished: A Sermon and a New Year’s Resolution
Like any literary or super hero, Jesus needs an origin story. That’s the point of...
December 23, 2018
Magnificat: Revolutionary Mary
46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my...
December 21, 2018
For Goodness Sake: Preachers, Try Not To Ruin Santa
Last weekend, my 8-year-old cornered me, eyed me suspiciously and said "Ginger's handwriting looks JUST...
December 19, 2018
On This Day: The Christmas Story Whose Ending Never Changes
Check your Facebook newsfeed on any given day, and you might see a blast from...
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 03, 2018
Coming and Going: Ghosts of Advents Past
When you're a pastor, there is never a good time to tell your church folks...
November 26, 2018
Who Is It That We’re Waiting For? A Clanging Carol
Who is it that we’re looking for, when we sing Away in a manger, no...
December 11, 2017
What Mary Knew
Allow me a Grinch-y moment folks... I love Christmas, but some of the secular trappings...
December 04, 2017
Let God’s Blessings Trickle Down Slowly (and Other Stuff The Bible Doesn’t Say)
Let justice trickle down like a leaky faucet... Praise God from whom all blessings trickle...
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...
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 19, 2016
Do Not Be Afraid: Calling All Angels
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother...
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...
November 01, 2016
The War On Fall
Let me tell you this really sad thing I used to do when I lived...
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 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...
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The Clergy/Parent’s Christmas Eve Survival Guide
For clergy with small children, it’s kind of a sick joke: your longest work day...
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ADVENTageous: Loud and Visible
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ADVENTageous: Tragedy Plus Time
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