Archives for December 2012

Christmas, Doctrine and a Flourishing Christian life

(This post originated just prior to Christmas 2009.  It still seems relevant, so I’m reposting.) In my prayer time the other day I was pondering Psalm 43:3, “O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling.” Truth and good order […]

Where Was God?

The blogosphere is in hyperdrive over the Newtown tragedy.  I’ve already weighed in once and am still thinking.  How does one offer perspectives that very well may sound harsh and uncaring, but are meant as pastoral reflections?  I shall try. For a small town that prides itself on being warm and welcoming, to have such […]

Did Anybody Notice?

An ABC report  describes Adam Lanza, the young man who killed 20 children, 6 staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and himself, as quiet, bright, and troubled.  The article goes on to quote people who knew Lanza, saying that he was always a strange kid, always a loner, always socially awkward. When I hear of […]

Effective Consent

If you spend much time on a college campus, read college ministry-related blogs, or talk to students (or their parents), sooner or later you will run into talk about the problems of students consuming too much alcohol and “hooking up” (a term for causal sex covering activity all the way from “making out” to intercourse). […]

Tumulti Adventum (or Advent Frustration)

Advent may be one of the most difficult of church seasons to observe.  Every year we feel various pressures to skip it and go straight to Christmas.  People love singing Christmas carols, but the Advent hymns?  Not so much.  It is harder and harder to fit the children’s Christmas program into the schedule anyway.  I […]