Merry Christmas? Bah!

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!

Twenty-Two

Cervantes wrote a book called¬†Don Quixote. I tried reading it once (in translation), but I couldn't get far into it. Yet I know all about who Don Quixote was. A man who tilted at windmills. He thought they were giants, but fought the windmills. He had dreams and delusions that he was someone outstanding, and … Continue reading Twenty-Two

Everything’s a Shibboleth

One of the things I do in my role as pastor is send out a (roughly) daily email to about 150 members and friends of my congregation. Sometimes they're reminders of upcoming events; sometimes they're celebrations of recent events; sometimes they're prayers or other spiritual things. Today, I had something planned to send out. But … Continue reading Everything’s a Shibboleth

Scared of this election

Is it normal to feel frightened, actually¬†scared, by all the campaign signs this election? Is it normal to feel frightened of going to work on election day, because my workplace is a polling place? Because I am scared. I'm scared of talking about whom I'm supporting, unless the other person brings it up first. I'm … Continue reading Scared of this election

A rant about the “War on Christmas”

I posted this essay on Facebook in December 2015. It's a seasonal essay, about the so-called "War on Christmas." But I think some of the points transcend that season, and apply to the church at any time of year. Either way, I thought it belonged on this blog, and I didn't want to wait another … Continue reading A rant about the “War on Christmas”