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Instead of filling your schedules with one commitment and celebration after another, listen to that still, small voice inviting you to hold on to the joy of the moment during this season of hope and expectation. […] Read More

When you concentrate your focus on giving the gift of joy, fully allowing yourself to participate in the celebration of what God is doing in other people’s lives, you find joy yourself. […] Read More

Alluring store displays pop up this holiday season to tempt us with things we think we need to give us joy. The Divine mystery, however, offers a joy that’s present even amid suffering and grief. […] Read More

In busy seasons of life like Advent, it’s all too easy to allow worry and anxiety to creep into your heart and mind, but kingdom-vision living removes the barrier that fear creates. […] Read More

As Advent begins Sunday, remember God does what we cannot do. When today is barren and tomorrow is bleak, God draws near with surprising grace to bring new life and fresh beauty. […] Read More

I am suspicious. I was suspicious before I ever knew about a hermeneutic of suspicion. I am suspicious that many of us in the “evangelical” (always have to put that in quotes) side of the church are not very comfortable with the humanity of Jesus. You would not think this at Advent or Christmas when […] Read More

The land of Egypt is a powerful symbol in the Bible of the liberation of God’s people from slavery and the journey to the Promised Land, in what we call the Exodus. Egypt also has its place in the Christmas story. To escape the murderous intent of Herod, the family of Jesus fled to Egypt […] Read More

I’d never experienced total darkness before spending a night in a cave. Fifteen of us, three adults and 12 youth, entered Alabama’s Desoto Caverns in the daylight with headlamps and sleeping bags. After viewing stalactites, stalagmites and strange insects, our guide prepped us for the night ahead. “It’s going to be dark,” he said. “Really […] Read More

When I was young, I knew things were about to get boring when someone around me began a sentence with “remember when.” Now I have become one of those people of a certain stage of life who begins their sentences with “remember when.” My sons, in the patience that comes with young adulthood, no longer […] Read More

Should your church “go Coptic” on Christmas Eve? I love Christmas – and all the Christmas services. Yet, in the memory all too often one special service merges into another, and none really stands out. So, this question arises: How might we create a truly memorable Christmas Eve service? In respect of the Christmas Eve […] Read More