Christmas is for you: Do Wise Men belong here?

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 […]

Really!?! A favorite SNL Weekend Update segment.

Christmas is for you: Shepherds… Really?

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: Did Mary feel #blessed? 1

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 […]

Photo by Kristi Iovino.

Christmas is for you: Just an average Joe 3

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

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 […]

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Leadership lessons I’ve learned from The Profit

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 […]

Podcast: Life lessons from a 95-year-old

New Get Your Spirit in Shape podcast episode posted today! Number 10! Had a wonderful conversation with Shirley Bachelder. She shares all kinds of great lessons about life, love, friends, and more! Learn more about my podcast here.

Pretty much the same in any language

Despite taking Spanish in high school and Greek in seminary, I only speak English. One day this summer, however, I’m pretty sure I understood Italian, because I know youth. One afternoon during the two weeks I had the privilege of attending the Wesley Pilgrimage in England (I wrote several blogs about it), I was on my […]

Clergy need a Goldwater rule

This week I learned about the Goldwater Rule from John Dickerson’s chatter on Slate’s Political Gabfest podcast, one of my favorites. Dickerson shared that in the 1964 election, a magazine called Fact published an issue with this provocative title on the cover, “1,189 Psychiatrists Say Goldwater is Psychologically Unfit to be […]