One Question God Couldn’t Answer

There’s a certain odd hush that comes upon a town at Christmas Eve. It’s not that people aren’t still working — those days when everyone got off work for Christmas are gone. But a calm still descends as families gather, and the majority of stores shut off their lights and workers head home. That’s the […]

No “Kum Ba Yah” for Christmas

"Peace on earth"? Don't start holding hands, or your breath, yet

Not sure about you, but “peace” is one of the last things I’m feeling at Christmastime. You’ve got a bazillion gifts, parties and other plans to get done by one specific date – Dec. 25. It’s not like you can really put it off to the day after. It’s one of the most recognizable deadlines […]

Scrooge, George Bailey, & the Darker Side of Christmas

Darkness has always been an indespensible ingredient of the season

Terrorism coming to our cities, political posturing while solutions evade us, and religious profiling amid accusations of racial hatred… Oh, and “peace on earth, good will toward men”. Sounds ironic, doesn’t it? That famous tagline of Christmas, copyrighted by God 2000 years ago, seems simply bursting with irony this December of 2015. Do we know […]

And on earth, peace…

In a violent world, our only hope is the Prince of Peace

Not sure about you, but “peace” is one of the last things I’m feeling at Christmastime. You’ve got a bazillion gifts, parties and other plans to get done by one specific date – Dec. 25. It’s not like you can really put it off to the day after. It’s one of the most recognizable deadlines […]

Target Bags from God

The best Christmases are the ones we allow God to interrupt

We got a phone call late in December of 2014 that tipped our Christmas upside down… We’d finally been approved as foster parents only a week ago, but were already guardians of a baby girl for the past 8 months. I have to admit I was thinking “one and done” with no plans for more […]

Epic “Christmas Fail”

When you wait until Christmas Eve for assembly, duct tape is required

One of my Ghosts of Christmas Past was a bicycle we bought for our first child. She was about 5, and the bike had to be assembled. Sure, I’m not a very handy guy, but how hard could it be? Attach handle bars and training wheels and…voila!  So I set aside Christmas Eve night for […]

When they won’t be “Home for Christmas”

At Christmas, God is saying "I do know how it feels..."

There’s a certain odd hush that comes upon a town at Christmas Eve. It’s not that people aren’t still working — those days when everyone got off work for Christmas are gone. But a calm still descends as families gather, and the majority of stores shut off their lights and workers head home. That’s the […]

Christmas Cage Fight

"Well, bless your heart..."

One Christmas we were decorating our church lobby, and I was working further inside in the building. A church volunteer came to tell me a man was out front who “wanted a word with the pastor”. I can promise you, these words never bode well for anyone in my profession. So I took a deep breath and […]