A Puppy in the Aftermath

Of course I’m zoned out, aren’t you? Yesterday’s carbs have fully kicked in, and that alone constitutes a Christmas hangover. But there’s so much more contributing to what I often call the Aftermath, December 26, when everything sags, caves, goes to bed. The annual combination of family, worship, partying, binge eating, giving and getting creates a massive emotional and chemical high to recoup from, and normally the day after finds me numb and lethargic. Continue Reading

When Darkness Lost

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"And the light shined in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it." -John 1:5 Like St. Jude, I’m a sucker for lost causes. I’ve been one myself, and I’ve known plenty of others. Some of us sprang from circumstances we had no control over; many of us created our own mess. Either way, our lives looked shabby, the future looked bleak, then God looked down. Continue Reading

Dining with the Difficult

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“Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we're related for better or for worse...and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.” -Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters It’s not always so joyful, this Christmas business. While plenty of us, myself included, relish the time of celebration and family, for others “family” is a painful concept. So painful, in fact, that for days leading up to December 25 they literally dread the annual family connection which the season requires. Continue Reading

9 Holiday Lyrics We Often Don’t Get

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Since we’re all in the middle of the pre-Christmas rush, let’s just kick back for some light reading today. Continue Reading

And the Soul Felt Its Worth

Soul Felt Its Worth

If I tell myself I’m wonderful, I’m deluded. If I tell myself I’m horrible, I’m at least half right. Continue Reading

Manifest

Manifest

“God was manifest in the flesh.” -I Timothy 3:16 “The world is not an easy place for anyone,” Annie Sullivan said in reference to her famous pupil Helen Keller, but she could have been speaking for all of us. Continue Reading

It’s In The Cards

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The volume of Christmas cards coming into our home has gone way down, year after year, replaced by online greetings, which are now the norm. Continue Reading

Amazing Grays

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Our local paper ran a feature story awhile back, written by a self-identified evangelical Christian and titled “There is Something in the Air. Can You Feel It? Grace.” Great start. Nothing turns me on like a consideration of God’s grace because, after all, where would I be without it? But then it all went downhill, as the article celebrated the growing acceptance of same sex marriage, even among believers, as evidence of a “great grace awakening.” She went so far as to call it a Third Great Awakening which is “broader” than traditional Continue Reading

Anticipation

Anticipation

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (I John 3: 2-3) For me as a kid, nothing was more joyful, and at the same time more torturous, then waiting. Continue Reading

The Phil Robertson Controversy: No More Ducking the Issue

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Apart from a radio interview with Bible Answer Man I’ve been ducking the Phil Robertson/Duck Dynasty controversy for over a week now, first because I didn’t want to get into it on the brink of Christmas, and second, because so many others were blogging on it. But now that Robertson has been reinstated following a suspension during a period when no filming took place (sorta like suspending a student during Spring break) and the whole episode seems to be winding down, there are aspects of the story I’d like to look at. To recap what you Continue Reading