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 […]

If Only We Recognized the Prince of Peace

I’ve heard the story.  I’ve read the story.  And I just watched the story on the History Channel while I was mortifying my flesh on the treadmill.  The Christmas Truce of 1914 is truly a historical wonder, but not for conventional interpretation. For context, a quick re-telling: On the Western Front, five months into World […]

Easter Monday

Easter Monday.  The second day of the New Creation.   Because I am again serving as pastor to two small congregations, I preached yesterday.   I followed the lectionary and used Mark 16:1-8 as the Gospel text. Perhaps because of our circumstances, I was taken with how the story describes the response of the women […]

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