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Family … At Christmas

What is “Family”? Where does “family” fit into a busy world where so many have hardly enough time to figure out what is coming next before whatever it is has already passed us, often leaving us physically disheveled, emotionally unsettled and, perhaps spiritually wrung out, in its wake. How does “family” work when distances are […]

Modern Day Magi

O. Henry’s marvelous short story, “The Gift of the Magi.” is a classic about a down-on-their-luck couple who sacrifice their dearest possessions to buy Christmas gifts for each other. The husband sells his pocket watch to buy some combs for his wife’s lovely hair. And she cuts off her lovely hair and sells it to […]

Eating or Eaten

The desk at which I work in my home office sits under a window which looks out on the neighborhood and gives a clear view down the street where I live.  Yesterday, as I worked I observed dozens of sparrows as they raided the feeder that hangs outside the window.  It seemed to me as […]

Possible Impossibilities

Many times during these coming days of holiday preparations we are certain to hear people say, “This is what the season is all about!” Maybe we’ll say it ourselves: Through a misting of tears, perhaps, as we look over our family gathered at the table. Or at the end of a beautifully sung Christmas concert. […]


Christmas has different meanings for each one of us, but family gatherings, good food, friends, travel, shopping, ball games, exchanging of gifts and religious celebration still seem to be part of almost everyone’s Christmas celebrations. The true meaning of Christmas, of course, is that it is a season of salvation. Paul writes in Galatians 4.4,5: […]

The (Not So) Great Commission

Yesterday I read a blog post by a brother who is part of the Southern Baptist Convention.  In his post he wrote rather pointedly and honestly about his enthusiasm and his disappointment as he contemplated a new emphasis in that Fellowship called “Great Commission Resurgence.”  Some of the specifics in his post are clearly culturalistically SBC.  […]

Shots Fired In My Hometown

A police officer was shot and wounded in my hometown today. Two thugs tried to rob a local bar at lunch-time. An officer was about a block away when he got the call and confronted the thieves as they left the bar. One took off running, apparently, and the other engaged in an exchange of […]

A Bloody-eared Tooth Doctor!

It will soon be two months since I had one of my wisdom teeth extracted (euphemism for “cut into pieces and yanked out of my mouth”) and it has been a decidedly difficult dental experience. Expecting the aftermath to be painful, I suffered through a dry socket for a week before going back and saying […]

Henry II and Thomas Becket

I recently read an historical novel about a stone mason/church builder during the latter part of the 11th Century and into the 12th. The English King, Henry II was an intelligent, interesting and able ruler. He is known for an ongoing argument with a close friend, Thomas Becket. Becket’s father was a Crusader and his […]

An Iron Jesus

The following “news” item was recently published by the Associated Press: AP – METHUEN, Mass. — A Massachusetts woman who recently separated from her husband and had her work hours cut said an image of Jesus Christ she sees on her iron reassured her that “life is going to be good.” The woman said a […]