In the classic Charlie Brown special, Linus gives one of my favorite lines: “Christmas has not only become too commercial, it’s become toooooo dangerous.” One could be easily forgiven now for thinking about Christmas like Linus. If anything, “commercials” are much of what we remember about the holiday season in our Western,… Continue reading What’s In A Christmas List?
This past Sunday of Advent, our church focused on being given strength – strength in waiting, strength in expectation. Expectation is difficult for me. I’m constantly moving to the next thing out of apprehension that I’m forgetting something. (Those of us familiar with the demanding schedule of Advent ministry may easily forgive such behavior. Pastor-friends,… Continue reading The Unexpected Expectation
But there is hope for causes such as this, when the downtrodden are left in isolation, victimized by self-absorption and classified by presupposition. In my religious tradition, we identify that hope in Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah. “For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me… Continue reading They May Seek The LORD (Where Should The Homeless Go? – Part 2)
‘And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone…’ – 2 Tim. 2:24 It’s been a long day for you. You’re exhausted, and want to reconnect with your friends, because authentic relationship renews you. Meeting them at a pub, perhaps, you ask a collective question: “How’ve you been?” Some individually, some in pairing… Continue reading Hope The Hopeless Haven’t Heard