If Candlemas be fair and bright, Winter has another flight.If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, Winter will not come again. Yes, Groundhog Day really does have a Christian connection! Today, February 2, is not only Groundhog Day, but also the 40th day after Christmas, which is the day that Mary and Joseph presented Jesus at…
From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised.Psalm 113:3 My family and I were blessed to be able to spend last week at one of our favorite places - Sunset Beach, North Carolina. On this beach we were able to see both spectacular sunrises and amazing sunsets,…
All four gospels are important to understanding the good news of Jesus, but what is important about John's Gospel? Here is my answer to that question, along with a brief overview of this gospel.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's profoundly-moving letters from prison offer us guidance and hope as we live through this pandemic. Here is the last of my four-part series on his "Letters and Papers from Prison."
Because of rapidly rising COVID numbers in our community, our congregation made the difficult decision to suspend in-person worship services for the next four Sundays. Here are some remarks that I shared with our congregation in light of this decision.
The Work of Christmas by Howard Thurman When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flocks, The work of Christmas begins: To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry,…
Today, I am thinking with gratitude of one of my spiritual mentors and heroes in the faith, Thomas Merton, who died this day, December 10th. My life of faith has been deeply influenced by this remarkable man, so here are a few thoughts that I feel led to share.
I wrote and shared this last December, but found it helpful to re-read this year, so I thought I would reblog it today. It is shared with the prayer that all who find this Christmas season difficult would find renewed peace in the child born for us, who came to be our Prince of Peace.
When I was a child, I often found myself a little disappointed after Christmas. Has that ever happened to you? All of that anticipation and excitement, and then, suddenly, it was over. I couldn’t help but feel a little sad. And if I am honest, I have to admit that there have been times as an adult when I have also found myself a little disappointed after Christmas.
I was reminded of this when I came across a surprising passage in the Old Testament that gave me new insight into my Christmas disappointments. It is a passage in Jeremiah, which was obviously written long before the birth of Christ, and even longer before we began celebrating Christmas, but when I read it I couldn’t help but think about our Christmas traditions. Here is the passage:
Thus says the Lord: Do not learn the way of the nations, or be dismayed…
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If God is good and all-powerful, why do good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people? Here is a guest post by my daughter reflecting on this age-old question.
All four gospels are important to understanding the good news of Jesus, but what is important about Mark's Gospel? As we begin a church year that primarily features Mark, here is a brief overview of this gospel.