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Ten reasons I thank God for winter

Ah, winter. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Reason No. 1: Christmas usually comes during winter, thus Reason No. 1 by itself would more than tip the scales. Reason No. 2: Christmas singing...

 

Thinking about thinking can be difficult

I’ve been trying to do some thinking — which is harder than I thought. I’ve tried it a few times before, but what’s made this latest attempt particularly difficult is that I’ve been trying t...

 

Forgiveness is not optional

The Apostle Peter once came to Jesus with a question: “Lord, how often do I have to forgive?” (Matthew 18:21). “Lord,” he seems to be saying, “I’m a reasonable man. I want to do the right...

 

So this panda walks into a cafe ...

One of the most delightful (“filled with delight”) books that I’ve ever been given (thank you, Betty Little) is the “Runaway #1 British Bestseller” ‘Eats, Shoots and Leaves,’ by author...

 

There is nothing new under the sun

“There is nothing new under the sun,” writes the wise man in Ecclesiastes (1:9). That argues for knowing something about what has already taken place under this old sun. And that means learning,...

 

Some questions as we sail into a new year

Well, we’ve done it again, managed to blunder on into another new year. Hmm. I wonder why just now I said “blunder”? Amazing how just a few letters carelessly tossed together can affect the...

 

God takes us as we are

At first, the quotation I’m about to share may sound a bit cynical, but when you have a little time to think about it, I think you’ll agree with me that it is not only realistic and true, it is...

 

Thank God for shepherds and stargazers

Thank the Lord for shepherds and stargazers. While muckety-mucks in Rome were trying to figure out new and improved ways to shake even more shekels from the pockets of the subjugated populace and furt...

 

May Christmas open our eyes to real gold

It’s always good, but never better than during these holy days, to recognize the difference between genuine gold and the sort that blinds fools (and all of us when we’re foolish). You probably rem...

 

Christmas seems to come around once a week

Years ago, when a friend and church member who was well into his eighties told me that for him Christmas seemed to come around about once a week, I believed him. But now, having tasted life at sixty,...

 

Advent season about preparation

Getting ready. That’s what Advent is about. At church we lit the first candle of Advent Sunday morning, and, as I write on this Sunday evening, I’m sitting in a quiet house, enfolded by the warm g...

 

Early church could teach a lot about giving thanks

I’m writing on the Sunday evening after Thanksgiving. Though most of us still have a bit of turkey left, we’re well on the way through the “My, what a wonderful bird” stage and on into the...

 

Counting blessings requires careful thought

"The worst moment for an atheist," writes G. K. Chesterton, "is when he feels a profound sense of gratitude and has no one to thank." Though any season is a great time for gratitude, Thanksgiving...

 

Plenty of signs the season is changing

Well, it’s official. The holidays are on the way. The calendar says so, of course, but other clues abound. I just spent a day singing Christmas songs for folks at a great Christmas craft bazaar....

 

God's children don't have to live a fearful life

Author Philip Yancey writes that at a British conference, scholars from around the world were discussing the most basic beliefs that set Christianity apart from other world religions. As they debated...

 

Steeples still pointing us in the right direction

Wow. I wonder how much farther that old sagging column supporting the corner of this old sagging house can lean out southward before the corner of the house just collapses and wordlessly pleads, “He...

 

'Believe' is still the Redeemer's answer

“Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’” — John 6:35 Five little barley loaves and two...

 

Hymns don't need tinkering

It was none other than the venerable Charles Wesley, writer of hundreds of grand hymns, who in the preface (1779) to one of his hymnals pronounced a word of stern warning against anyone who would...

 

Twitter makes too easy a temptation

Twitter is for twits. That has been my opinion pretty much ever since I learned several years ago that birds tweeting sweetly in the sky had been joined by twits tweeting, sweetly or not, in...

 

Love people, be satisfied with your work

Surely everyone who spent much time growing up in the western world in the 20th century knows a universal law that is almost as time-tested as the law of gravity. It is this: Thou shalt not throw out...

 

'I might need that' my guiding philosophy

“I might need that.” Step into my garage, my office, my shed, or my closet, and you’ll quickly discover that those four simple words are the guiding philosophy of most of my life and all of the...

 

Tech is smart these days, but lacks wisdom

I wish my phones were a little smarter — both the smart phone that lives in my pocket and is too often screwed into my ear, and the landline phone whose cordless babies are strewn all over our...

 

Good hearts have room for lots of songs

I keep thinking that the folks up, way up, at the Red River Community House (Red River, New Mexico, elevation 8,650 feet) will one day wise up and get tired of us, but they haven’t yet. So last...

 

Mountain trip reaffirms love and wonder of God

My wife and I were in Colorado recently. Living on the aptly named High Plains of Texas, at a tad over 3,800 feet in our particular part of those plains, we’ve got a pretty good start on altitude...

 

Jesus angled for unity, not division

“Teacher,” John the Apostle said to Jesus, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” (see Mark 9:38). The disciples were royally...

 

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