Christmas Poem XII: “Christmas in My Heart”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the days leading up to Christmas, I'm publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. Today's poem was written in 2003. Houses built with love and joy Homespun poems with … Continue reading Christmas Poem XII: “Christmas in My Heart”

Christmas Poem X: “The House Where It’s Always Christmas”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the days leading up to Christmas, I'm publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. Today's poem was written in 2001; I was a newlywed. This poem is about my … Continue reading Christmas Poem X: “The House Where It’s Always Christmas”

Christmas Poem III: “A Feeling of Love and Utter Joy”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the days leading up to Christmas, I'm publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. Today's poem was written in 1994, when I was a sophomore in college. I remember … Continue reading Christmas Poem III: “A Feeling of Love and Utter Joy”

Home in Perkasie

This morning, I attended worship at St. Andrew's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Perkasie. In fact, I preached there today. This was a very special day for me, because St. Andrew's holds a very dear place in my heart. Right out of seminary, but long before I became ordained a pastor (that's a different story), I … Continue reading Home in Perkasie

Snapshots of My Depression #11: Weather Report

First off, do NOT read this blog post unless you read yesterday's first. In this post, I explain the results of a game I played twenty years ago, and I want you to have the chance to play the game. In yesterday's post, I invite you to play the game yourself. So please, go back … Continue reading Snapshots of My Depression #11: Weather Report

God loves YOU

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The second reading, which I focused on, was Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16. Another focus was the spiritual gift of "Faith." Faith. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. That’s what the author of Hebrews wrote. The assurance … Continue reading God loves YOU