Christmas

Marketing the Messiah

From the Gospel According to Bob 1:26-2:12 (from the NKJV & The Message): And on the night unto which the child was to be born, Joseph and his wife Mary sought shelter, but coming late without a reservation, Mary was vexed with Joseph, saying, “I told you so.”  Joseph, aware that […]

Christmas Ghosts

Having just watched the 19th different version of Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol, this year, I am impressed by how universal and enduring this story is.  The redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge is so compelling, even as simplistic as it is.  The visitation of four ghosts that result in total conversion […]

The Emma Dilemma

Who deserves grace?  In this season of giving and goodwill, who should be helped and who warrants disdain?  I listened to a table-full of pastors lament this time of year when some unfortunate few attempt to exploit the system of charity for their own benefit. I won’t let anyone have […]

The Reason For the Season: Evil

I have been laid up with a bad sinus infection pretty much since Thanksgiving, so I spent an inordinate amount of time surfing daytime TV.  What an amazing amount of noise passing for entertainment…  However, two tidbits caught my attention while navigating the vast wasteland of morning programming.  First, I […]

Once More, With Feeling

It’s Advent time again; the beginning of the “church year.”  We change the paraments to purple (or blue, in some cases), hang the greens, set up the advent wreath with candles, and we engage in the ceremonies of the season leading to the birth of Christ.  How do we keep […]

Where Jesus Goes After Christmas

Driving past a church this morning, I noted that the Nativity scene was already down (sorry Wise Men — snooze, ya’ lose.  Wouldn’t want to honor Epiphany by accident or on purpose…) and Mary and Joseph were laying face down in the snow and the baby Jesus was buried under […]

Before There Was An Ending

Part of what makes the Christmas story so phenomenal is that we know how it all turns out.  We know who Jesus is.  His birth narrative — for us — is nothing more than a remembrance.  It is the story of the genesis of God’s redemptive act.  It is the […]