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Musings of a minister on the ‘Merrification’ of Christmas

One word defines Christmas. It is the word “merry.” I never tire of wishing people a Merry Christmas. Although, for some, it may not be politically correct, but for the rest of us who have at least two gray cells working, it is wonderful. I was … more

One birth changed everything

There was one birth that shook the world and split time in half.  There was one birth that overcame death as He breathed life. There was one birth who received gifts fit for a King; gold, frankincense and myrrh. There was one birth with the power … more

Expect the unexpected – God says ‘Listen!’

In my last column I wrote about unexpected transformations that took place in the lives of Paul and Thomas. Because we’re so close to celebrating the birth of Jesus, I’d like to share some thoughts with you about unexpected visits from angels, … more

A Christmas trophy worth the trouble

Every family has those traditions and days that help define their family. I personally know some families (although I shall not divulge any names unless there is enough cash offered) that are adequately defined by April 1.  For me, Christmas Eve … more

Expect the unexpected – God will show up

When was the last time something completely unexpected happened in your life?You won the lottery!She said “Yes!”You named your child “Oops!”The “unexpected’s” in life aren’t always pleasant, but they certainly are eventful.Some of my … more

The importance of tradition

As we near Christmas, some church members (and pastors) might be asking the question – why do we do the things we do at Christmas? At Trinity, we’re Anglican – which means we join the 85 million Anglicans around the world who follow the … more

Behold, the Christmas Grinch cometh

I never have to look at the calendar to know when the Christmas holiday season is approaching. As soon as I lay down my fork on Thanksgiving Day, the battle drums begin to roll. Somebody, who apparently does not have much of a life, takes a pot shot … more

Faith Roundtable: With all of the Christmas commercialization, how do you (the church) balance the true message and importance of Christmas with the enjoyment of all the commercial part that sweeps most of us up?

One of the advantages of being an Anglican – and there are many – is that we observe and celebrate the church season of Advent. Advent is simply the four weeks leading up to the Incarnation (Christmas), the birth of Christ. During Advent, … more

Faith Roundtable: With all of the Christmas commercialization, how do you (the church) balance the true message and importance of Christmas with the enjoyment of all the commercial part that sweeps most of us up?

Christmas is the greatest time of the year. It’s where everyone celebrates the birth of Jesus. I love this time of year! His birth brought hope, salvation, forgiveness, victory and life for mankind. In the book of Psalms 91:16 it reads, “with … more

Faith Roundtable: With all of the Christmas commercialization, how do you (the church) balance the true message and importance of Christmas with the enjoyment of all the commercial part that sweeps most of us up?

The question that Ashley the Editor has put to the roundtable goes like this: With all of the Christmas commercialization, how do you (the church) balance the true message and importance of Christmas with the enjoyment of all the commercial part … more

Faith Roundtable: With all of the Christmas commercialization, how do you (the church) balance the true message and importance of Christmas with the enjoyment of all the commercial part that sweeps most of us up?

I saw a bumper sticker on the back of a car this morning that said, “Christmas is for Christ.”  Right next to it were four other bumper stickers: “Native Texan,” “I love Beef,” “In God We Trust” and “I am a Christian and I … more

Faith Roundtable: With all of the Christmas commercialization, how do you (the church) balance the true message and importance of Christmas with the enjoyment of all the commercial part that sweeps most of us up?

My spouse and I enjoy buying Christmas gifts.  In fact, she’s the one who put the joy in it for me because she loves giving, all forms of giving; time, money, herself.  Her generosity is contagious.I didn’t learn the joy of giving from … more

What would Jesus undo?

My intent in this series of columns has not been to explore What Would Jesus Do (WWJD), but What Would Jesus Undo (WWJU)? Over the past three weeks we’ve covered the topics of cheap grace, self esteem, and religion. In today’s column we’re … more

Why I won’t accept the election results

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. - Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) Let’s get my inflammatory title out of the way first. I will … more

Bad breath ain’t always that bad

I am always super sensitive about my breath. I try to take care of it, but at times, I’m a little bit off schedule. I really do not know when my breath is really bad.For me, I only know my breath is bad when the person standing in front of me … more

Let go and be fearless

Less than a month from now we will be celebrating the election of a new president. This will be remembered as the most unusual and contentious election in American history. And then it will be over and life will go on and we will adjust to whomever … more

Part Three: In _____ We Trust

Yes, I know, it’s tempting to fill in that blank; but before you do, if you really want to know what you trust in life, take a moment and do the following:  Look at your calendar. See where you spend your time.Look at your work - your hobbies - … more

Pursuing a course in apple-fritterology

Recently, and by that I mean within the last month, my cell phone has been ringing out of my shirt pocket. It is rather frustrating because I rarely give my number to anybody. But there it goes, ringing and ringing and ringing.Usually the calls are … more

A little bit of good news

In the midst of the rancor in our daily news, I thought I’d take a moment to share a little bit of good news that comes as close to a miracle as any of us might see.  The Americas have been declared measles- free.When I saw this headline I made a … more

Part TWO: In ____ We Trust!

Yes, I know, it’s tempting to fill in that blank; but before you do, if you really want to know what you trust in life, take a moment and do the following:  Look at your calendar. See where you spend your time.Look at your work - your hobbies - … more
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