Advent 2013 – Dec 20


There are many calls that compete for our response—especially this time of year. “Do you hear what I hear?” One is the call to the mall. Each year, holiday pilgrims travel well-worn paths of guilt, stress and debt in search of the perfect gift. They’ll know if it’s...

Advent 2013 – Dec 19

Sometimes things happen that you just keep inside. It just bubbles out, whether you want it to or not, whether folks will believe you or not, whether it makes sense or not. You just have to tell it. What would you have done if you were them? There you are minding your...

Advent 2013 – Dec 18

From Bethlehem you can see a hill. Herod the Great built it, about 20 years before Jesus’ birth. Herod took a high hill and ordered a palace built on top. He then had rock piled around it, making it bigger and more majestic. He built it luxurious, a summer palace. He...

Advent 2013 – Dec 17

If someone were to ask you, “What is your God like?”, what would you say? Would you say, “God is love” or “God is omnipotent”? Many of the stories of Advent give the answer, “God is the one who interrupts our lives.” Elizabeth and Zechariah, Joseph and Mary, the...

Advent 2013 – Dec 16

Even as I read those words two pieces of music go through my head. One is from the Messiah, a powerful chorus with the different voices coming in and out singing this verse over and over. The other is a simple little tune I learned in IVCF in my University days...

Advent 2013 – Dec 15

And in despair I bowed my head 
“There is no peace on earth,” I said, 
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
 Of peace on earth, good will to men.” Sometimes, amidst the scandal and tragedy we read about in the news, amidst the personal trials we face, and the...