Come on up for the rising Come on up lay your hands in mine Come on up for the rising Come on up for the rising tonight Bruce Springsteen “The Rising” 2002 Easter is all about the rising. He is risen! He is risen, indeed! Years ago, I arranged a […]

The Rising: Celebrating resurrection


Cubs 2017 World Series parade.
It is amusing that in an age of high-tech sports that include instant replay, jumbotrons, and on-field communication devices, the celebration for winning a championship is still a parade. A parade! Players ride by in convertibles and flatbed trucks, speeches are barely heard because of terrible acoustics, and the fans stand […]

Palm Sunday: A victory parade without the win… yet


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This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again. Oh…people will come Ray. People will most definitely come. –Terence Mann played by James Earl Jones, Field of Dreams There is something beautiful about Opening […]

Hope, renewal, and Opening Day



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My grandmother’s funeral was on Saturday, and I had the privilege of sharing my memories of her at a memorial. To learn more about my grandmother, see the beautiful obituary my mother wrote for her.  There are two things in my life today for which I give at least partial […]

Memories of my grandmother


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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



Photo by Amanda Jordon courtesy of Unsplash.com.
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?


Really!?! A favorite SNL Weekend Update segment.
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?