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If your house and your life are anything like my house and my life at this time of year, then maybe we should spend these next 15 minutes in silent meditation.
It is four days before Christmas.
Many of us have family coming into town if they are not here already.Read full transcript...
Maybe more than anything else, to be a saint is to know joy.
Mark Sandlin recently wrote a telling article on the rise of the 'Dones,' people who have been active in the church and their departure. The article hit a deep nerve and a number of people declared themselves among this new, disaffected tribe.
In his Reflections video, the Rev. Geoffrey Black urges us not to ignore the realities that face our world during Advent. As our experience of faith is challenged, what better time to consider what God’s love means.
My daughter came home from school—elementary school—reading a book that she absolutely could not put down. Then she starts telling me the plot. 'Kids kill one another.'
When Mary found out she was pregnant with the Son of God, she responded to the surprise with joy and delight.
A good song provokes us to thoughtful reflection, maybe even to action. Mary's song of praise is no different.
For Christians, Advent (as its Latin etymology affirms) is about the coming of Jesus, in the past and the future. His first more than 2000 years ago when he was born into a historical life of humility and vulnerability; and his second in the future when he will return as judge of the living and the dead and establish God’s kingdom on earth. The first is more emphasized. How many Christmas cards have you seen that highlight the second coming?
As Christians, celebrating the season of Advent, the glory of humanity, and the horror of the human condition come into view.
Ben Pratt shares a new story about a special kind of gift.
I got my license to drive when I was seventeen. I couldn't wait to sit in the driver's seat, with no one in the car to nag me about speed limits and stop signs and yellow lights and passing pedestrians. I was interested in speed, and I thought that once I got my license, I would be in control. I considered driving to be a right, not a privilege.