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Forgetting on Purpose

Forgetting on Purpose

This past June, my beautiful daughter got married to a wonderful young man whom I have known and loved for ten years.  While I cried at their wedding, and my…

Believing is Seeing

Believing is Seeing

My first ministry position was when I was in college, finishing up my undergraduate degree in religious studies. As a first-time minister it was strange for me to leave the…

Limping or Leaping

Limping or Leaping

The New Year is a time when many people reevaluate their lives to determine what’s working and what’s not working.  Now that we’re two weeks into 2017, now that you’ve…

New Year Traditions

New Year Traditions

In cultures around the world, the New Year brings special traditions.  Many of our holiday customs come from the ancient Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans.  In these lands, people celebrated the…

The Grinch

The Grinch

All around the world, nativity scenes at Christmastime incorporate the Holy Family, shepherds, and angels.  They typically also include the magi, who traveled from the east to worship the newborn…

Elf Esteem

Elf Esteem

One of my favorite Christmas movies is Elf1, starring Will Farrell.  Buddy the Elf isn’t really an elf.  He’s a human who accidentally stowed away in Santa’s sack as a…

“The Little Match Girl”

“The Little Match Girl”

Today, I simply want to share with you the story of The Little Match Girl, by Hans Christian Andersen, which is in the public domain. I have added a scripture…

The Island of Misfit Toys

The Island of Misfit Toys

The 1964 classic movie Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,[i] is all about misfits. Rudolph has a very shiny nose, and gets tormented by all of the other reindeer for being different. His…

Loving People, Post-Election

Loving People, Post-Election

Every day when we read the newspaper or watch TV we are inundated by the world’s violence.  Unthinkable violence happens not only in war-torn countries, but it seems lately our…

Seeking Jesus

Seeking Jesus

In the old Christmas classic film Miracle on 34th Street1, the story begins with the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade.  An elderly gentleman named Kris Kringle takes the place of an actor…