Patriotism and Martyrdom (Listening to the Saints)

Memorial Day was a couple weeks ago and it seems that every national holiday leads me through a series of the same thoughts.  On one hand, I think Christians are too nationalistic, even too patriotic.  Why do we celebrate national holidays such as Memorial Day, remembering soldiers who gave their lives, but rarely celebrate Christian […]

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 […]