#39 – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (My 100 Favorite Books)

Everyone knows the story and has their favorite version of it.  Personally, I prefer the Muppets, though Mickey’s Christmas Carol always has a place in my heart.  The reason there are so many film adaptations is that this is a beautiful story.  How much better can you get than a grumpy, greedy old miser who […]

Free Hot Chocolate, Candy Canes and Prayers

“Oh, and we’ll also offer to pray for people.  We’re Christians, its what we do.” I don’t recall if those were the exact words Andrew, president of CSF, and I wrote in the event registration form, but they were close.  For the last couple years CSF has done a sort of “Christmas outreach” during the […]

Advent – Calendars, Traditions and Jesus Storybook Bible

This is a picture of our way cool Advent Calendar.  We bought it last year in an effort to start a family tradition.  Each day Junia gets to open the corresponding box and get a little present.  Sometimes it is a dollar, or a small bath toy, or a piece of candy.  Last year I […]

Advent – Attack of the Dragon…umm, not Smaug (Day 19)

I saw The Hobbit last Friday night with some of my students.  Going in I had mixed feelings – my high hopes were tempered by reminders of previous movies that did not meet the hype.  I have to say, I loved nearly every bit of the movie.  Sure there was the totally unnecessary cameo by […]

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Day 18)

We’re not fully human yet.   Christians believe that God has been fully revealed in the person of Jesus Christ.  What this means is that in some mysterious way, Jesus is God in the flesh.  When a Christian begins to talk about the identity of God, we really ought to begin and end with Jesus. […]

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Day 17)

I forgot to post yesterday (the text we read was John 3:1-21).  It was a busy day, I never got on the computer.  Today’s verse comes from the Psalms and it was one I needed to hear. Day 17 – God has done Great Things for us – Psalm 118:19-29 19 Open for me the gates […]

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Day 15)

Day 15 –The Word Became Flesh – John 1:1-18 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life […]

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Day 14)

Day 14 –Joseph’s Story – Matthew 1:18-25 18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did […]

Joining the Advent Conspiracy and Refocusing on What Matters

I’ve been posting scriptures with brief reflection related to the advent season, the time we look ahead to the coming of Christ.  You can read about why I am doing this here.  Today’s scripture is one of my favorites, from Isaiah 55: 55 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters and you who have […]

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Day 6)

Day 6 – God With Us – Isaiah 9:1-7 9 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the […]