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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this. (Galatians 5:22-23 CEB) There is a lot of hand wringing in part of the Christian community right now. With a new president who doesn’t seem to […]

What’s a Christian to do now? Love

I spent part of Saturday morning putting away our Christmas decorations. Friday was Epiphany, the last day of the Christmas season, so it was time. Putting the decorations back in their boxes and the boxes back in the basement or garage, I hear “Heirlooms” an old Amy Grant song, every […]

The work of Christmas

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While they are not in my nativity set, there are two other characters that appear in Jesus’ birth stories who also draw our attention away from the expected. As mentioned earlier, Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to the Temple eight days after his birth to make the sacrifice of […]

Christmas is for you: Can I hold the baby?

As a kid, the Wise Men always fascinated me. Of all the figurines in the nativity set, they were the most different. Their wore the fanciest clothes, carried ornate boxes, and obviously brought the camel with them.  There is no doubt that these guys are outsiders, different from everyone else in the […]

Christmas is for you: Do Wise Men belong here?

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As we continue around our nativity scenes, we find the shepherds. Just moments before they were out in the fields keeping an eye on their sheep when an angel showed up. I tend to romanticize shepherds. The ones in our nativity sets are often ruggedly handsome men, whom I assume […]

Christmas is for you: Shepherds… Really?

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Mary was called to be Jesus’ mother, the Christ-bearer. She has a unique role in the history of the world. Her experience was truly one-of-a-kind. Yet in many ways, Mary was more like us than we might think. To my Roman Catholic friends: I know the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching […]

Christmas is for you: Did Mary feel #blessed?

Joseph, the earthy father of Jesus, has an extraordinary role in the Christmas story. In many ways, however, he was just an average Joe like you and me. What we know The Bible doesn’t tell us much about Joseph, but here is what we can piece together. Joseph had some […]

Christmas is for you: Just an average Joe

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Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, the Christmas season has begun. Many of us spend Thanksgiving weekend watching football and getting ready for Christmas. We do some shopping, work on our plans for our celebration, and decorate our homes. Our family decorating included setting up our nativity set. I have written here and elsewhere about my fascination with nativity […]

Christmas is for you

Here is a piece of unsolicited advice for my associate pastor colleagues. Watch The Profit. Yes, it’s hard to find. It’s on CNBC — a channel those of us with limited disposable income rarely visit. But you have a DVR, on demand, and streaming accounts. You can find it. From […]

Leadership lessons I’ve learned from The Profit