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 (Days 1 and 2)

Emily and I wanted to begin some family traditions this advent season, specifically simply observing advent.  Advent is the time leading up to Christmas, it is a time of preparation and waiting for the birth of Jesus.  A couple years ago we had looked at some wooden advent calendars and this year we finally bought…

On Campus at PSU Berks: Unity Day and Easter Dinner

This past Wednesday was Unity Day at Penn State Berks.  At the time, I simply thought it was an end of the year, spring is here, let's all be fired up with love for Penn State sort of event.  Apparently there was a theme: East Africa.  As a side note, I completely missed all the…

What Should I do with Santa Claus?

In May my wife is due to give birth to our first child.  I am both excited and terrified to be a father.  In the midst of all the doctor's appointments, searching for cribs and other necessities, and reading books about parenting I have been thinking about what to do with Santa Claus?  Maybe this…