The Birth Events of Christmas

There are a whole lot of things I like about the revised Common Lectionary but the one thing that I most resist is how quickly we are forced to move away from the celebration of Christmas. The various cycles of the three years rather leave alone any recognition of the new year. They launch rather quickly into what few infant texts we have of Jesus and family, the flight to Egypt and then of Jesus appearing in the temple as a young adolescent.…

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Finding Room for Jesus

Then [Jesus] told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But…

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The Best Time of the Year

Yes, I know that Christmas is over, but for me … this time of the year is among the most exciting and hopeful in my work in ministry. Outdoor Ministry sites across our country are praying, discerning, recruiting, interviewing, and hiring our summer staff teams. Those 18 to 26ish year olds willing to get excited about countless s’mores, Bible study daily, all camp games, swimming, archery, and so much more. Young adults who are sensing a call to mentor youth, engage deeply in…

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Stable to Star to Hearts

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God…for God is love.”1 John 4:7-8Picture it: I walk to the store on December 27th to pick up a few groceries. I’m still humming Christmas carols and I’m emitting a bit of a Christmas glow. To my horror I see that the Seasonal aisle is filled with rows and rows of heart-shaped candy boxes! What is this? Valentine’s Day merch already? We went…

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After the Waiting…Praise

This is he whom seers in old time chanted of with one accord, whom the voices of the prophets promised in their faithful word; now he shines, the long expected; let creation praise its Lord evermore and evermore. Amen. Verse 3 from Of the Father’s Love Begotten After the waiting, the longing, the hoping, what is left to do on Christmas day but praise God? It is not even so much about thanksgiving, which has its own place in the life of faith.…

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