I must say this. I have to take a stand. As a Christian in this nation, I am increasingly upset every year. Each December, as I make my way through streets and stores, I hear holiday greetings. But never, never do I hear the name of the holiday I am celebrating. It's sickening. Oh sure, … Continue reading Merry Christmas? Bah!
I just watched the movie Wonder Woman a few weeks ago. It's wonderful. I really didn't know much about it except the hype that it was great, apparently much better than every other DC Extended Universe movie. I didn't know that it took place at the end of World War I. I hope I'm not spoiling … Continue reading Eleven
This is an adapted form of my sermon for the Nativity of Our Lord, December 24, 2018. As usual, this Christmas Eve sermon took the form of a dialogue between Kermit the Frog and myself. Kermit's lines are in bold print. If you'd prefer to watch a video of this sermon, check it out on … Continue reading Not Just a Frog
This is an adapted form of the "Blue Christmas" sermon I preached this afternoon. Blue Christmas is a special service designed for people who find the holidays especially difficult, perhaps because of the death of a loved one, or a painful diagnosis, or some other loss or suffering. The gospel text was John 1:1-14. The … Continue reading The Light Shines in the Darkness
This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The gospel text was Luke 1:39-55. Other texts I referred to were Micah 5:2-5 and Luke 1:26-38. About twenty-seven centuries ago, Micah was a prophet who spoke to the people of Judah. Micah preached a message of judgment. … Continue reading Rejoice, Favored One!
It's mid-morning on December 25. My kids have opened their presents, and they're happily playing with new toys. We're expecting extended family to arrive in a little while. It's a lull in the excitement and the busyness of this queen of all holidays. And I'm thinking about the "true meaning of Christmas." I've been inspired … Continue reading Does Christmas Have a Meaning Anymore?
Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the past 26 days, I’ve been publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. It's now Christmas Day, so here is 2017's poem. Merry Christmas! If you're not familiar with … Continue reading Christmas Poem XXVI: “Christmas at Darkwater Church”