When I set about writing a blog post on today’s Gospel lectionary passage, John 20:1-18, I thought “Oh yea! The resurrection passage on Easter – piece of cake!” Yea, right. So, six days in, and I’m still staring at my computer with nothing. Nada. Part of my problem is that when I blog, I put […]Read More It’s Not About the Bunny
It’s Valentine’s day! Because it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought it appropriate to write about love. However, this left me wondering exactly which angle to take. It would be WAY too easy to just spout out some drivel about romance, it being Valentine’s Day and all. And the blogosphere has already been inundated with the love […]Read More Love. No, really! Love!
Epiphany kicks off with the story we know and love – the visit of the Magi, the bringing of gifts, the light shining into the darkness. Hard on its heels, though, is a far darker story: the murder of innocents and the genocide of children. Herod, the supposed King of the Jews, finds his power […]Read More The Power of Epiphany
Without getting into the debate over the choice of December 25th as the designated birthday of Jesus, or the annual arguments of how Santa and flying reindeer enter the picture, or why we decorate dead trees inside our homes, or whether or not the wise men should be included in your Nativity crèche; today is […]Read More God with us
Advent: n. An arrival, or coming into being; the coming or arrival of something extremely important. (with capital A, in Christianity) the coming of Christ; in the church calendar Advent is the four week period prior to Christmas. [From Latin adventus, meaning arrival.] The 2003 British Christmas film, Love Actually, takes place during Advent. The […]Read More Love on Display
Advent can be one of the most stressful times of year. Perhaps it all comes down to the expectations we put on ourselves and others, as April suggests. I’ll admit that a lot of the stress I feel in the weeks leading up to Christmas rise out of unrealistic expectations I put on myself to […]Read More Advent Peace Amid Holiday Stress
I am a baby Gen-Xer. I identify pretty strongly with Rachel Held Evans’ sentiments: “Despite having one foot in Generation X, I tend to identify most strongly with the attitudes and the ethos of the millennial generation.” While I traded in Bon Jovi for Nirvana a long time ago, and these days listen to Arcade Fire […]Read More Livin’ on a Prayer 2013