Accidental Witness

As Epiphany closes the Christmastide once more, a few incidents stand out in my mind as symbolic of the current state of the church and our faith in the present day: At a hotel where I stayed this week, a manager was giving instruction to her maintenance crew — at […]

Come and Gone

Happy Boxing Day, everyone!  Christmas is OVER.  It used to be that Christmas Day heralded the beginning of the twelve days of Christmas — or, Christmastide, if you prefer — leading to the arrival of the magi for Epiphany.  At the very least, the eight days following Christmas held special […]

Which Jesus?

I wonder which Jesus we are hoping for this year?  Your initial reaction may be, “hold on, there’s just one Jesus!” to which I would reply “you haven’t been paying attention.”  Even in scripture we have no fewer than four accounts (canonical) as well as dozens (non-canonical) that offer us […]

Anticipation Advent-ure

For some, this post will make perfect sense.  To many others, it will border on sacrilege.   No offense is meant, but I offer a personal analogy for the spirit of anticipation that should be connected to Advent, but is often missing.  We are left with a sweet, clean, happy story […]

Christmas Nerds

Apparently I am a Christmas nerd.  I stopped for coffee at my favorite spot (Beans ‘n Cream in Sun Prairie) and some of the regulars were engaged in a spirited discussion about the Christmas holiday season.  Eavesdropping without looking obvious, I found it fascinating that almost no one (there were […]

Come Again?

Advent rolls round once more, and the Christmas season (which marketers think started sometime around Halloween) takes center stage.  Carols and decorations, candy and cookies, presents and get togethers all take on the festive holiday cheer.  And, if we’re lucky, glimpses of Jesus might still emerge from time to time.  […]