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Monthly Archives: December 2012

I want to write the sort of words that ring in your ears as you read them.  The kind you have to go back and read again.  And again, just because you can’t believe so much beautifulness can come out of ink on a page. I want to write like the words are fighting to get out, they have so much to say.  I want to have deep and amazing ideas, to… Read More

Like all of you, I’ve been thinking about how to voice the feelings that wash over us all in the wake of the tragic shooting in Newtown last week.  This post was published first at here at the Associated Baptist Press: There are moments when words fail us, even those of us who wrestle words to a page for a living.  Last week was one of those times.  What words can possibly… Read More

Doing Christmas Differently: Give More Zephaniah 3:14-20 Today is the Advent Sunday of Joy.  As we anticipate the coming of our Savior, Jesus, to the joy filled songs of the angels, our hearts are heavy, heavy today.  In our prayers for salvation…in the conversation of our children…in the lullabies the choir has sung…in all of these moments and more in worship today we want to cry in confusion and grief, such grief,… Read More

So…the Pope is now tweeting in seven different languages.  Two friends sent me a link to this news and asked for my opinions on the matter.  There are several parts of this little piece of news, of course, so I wasn’t quite sure which part they wanted my opinion on.  I am, however, happy to provide diverse opinions on most anything, plus some commentary of how the Pope learning to tweet relates… Read More

Doing Christmas Differently: Spend Less Malachi 3:1-4 Welcome, everybody, to Advent, week 2, the Sunday of Peace.  As Christmas gets closer and closer I don’t know about you, but I am feeling the pressure to ramp up the gift-buying.  I thought I had the process under control…I usually try to keep lists and work on them throughout the year, but this week a strange panic hit me: I’ll bet there’s someone I… Read More

“What is it that delivers Christ into the world—preaching, art, writing, scholarship, social justice?  Thos are all gifts well worth sharing.  But preachers lose their charisma, scholarship grows pedantic, social justice alone cannot save us.  In the end, when all other human gifts have met their inevitable limitation, it is the recollected one, the bold virgin with a heart in love with God who makes a sanctuary of her life, who delivers… Read More

Today we enter the season of Advent, the first Sunday of the new church year.  Happy new year everyone!  The season of Advent is a season of waiting…we’re waiting for Christmas and the birth of a Savior, waiting in expectation for the coming of a miracle, even though when we look all around us it doesn’t seem like miracles are imminent…too many problems, too much pain…still we wait this Advent.  It’s the… Read More

“Hope is not prognostication. It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart; it transcends the world that is immediately experienced, and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons…It is an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed…Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it… Read More