Tonight we will close the final chapter on 2013. We’ll sing “Auld Lang Syne” and pray for a healthy, happy, … Continue reading Reflections on 2013
A challenge is a test that often defines how we interact with ourselves and the world. It is forces us … Continue reading Rescued to Serve
The shepherds were out in the fields, that night, simply doing their jobs. They were situated on a hillside just outside of Bethlehem watching their flock. We do not know what they did to pass the time. I like to think they sat around the fire and told stories from Scripture and the prophets. Whatever they did it is they likely did not expect what they experienced that evening.
It was on that hillside, so long ago, that the shepherds were greeted by an angel, who approached them as a “stranger.” A fearful sight, indeed, when someone is not expecting a visitor, especially one of a heavenly nature. The angel tells the shepherds that they had no reason to fear. That is because the angel came with an important message for all. A message that would change the world and continues to do so today. The message was an announcement of good news of an event that had occurred in Bethlehem, the City of David. That event was the birth of a child.
This wasn’t the announcement of just any birth. It was the announcement of the Savior’s birth. The long-awaited Messiah, Jesus Christ, is born. Continue reading “Christmas Eve Sermon: Go. See. Tell.”
One of the hardest decisions Abbi and I have made was what we would name Noah. It took us a … Continue reading What’s in a Name?
For decades now, the American political system has been defined by an ever-growing state of polarization. It is a state … Continue reading The Polarization of the American Church
Bah humbug! Ebenezer Scrooge does not hide his feelings about Christmas. In the scene we just watched, Scrooge tells his … Continue reading Finding Reasons to Rejoice
Getting ready for Christmas is exhausting. I knew this was the case before, but having a baby takes the exhaustion … Continue reading Preparing for the Lord