Rethinking Christmas

Growing up, Christmas was my favorite holiday. Yes, that made me like every other kid.  And I should confess: It was the gifts. Now, to be sure, there were other things that made Christmas-time nice: houses covered with lights; school parties; Dickens on the Strand; and Christmas vacation. If one of those were to be left out I would feel like I was missing something, that Christmas was a bit incomplete. There are activities today…..

The scariest costume ever

My idea for the scariest Halloween costume came to me this morning. Yes, on Halloween day. Have I ever told you I’m a procrastinator? It won’t cost you much money. You’ll be dressed in no time. In fact, where whatever you want. Dress up. Dress down. Wear your work clothes. Dress like a minion (There’s a joke in there somewhere). It doesn’t matter. Next, crab a pile of index cards. Write the word “DARN” on…..

He better be joking

One of my comments in this weekend’s message, Interesting Places to Worship, was that we, as God’s people, should stop going to church. We considered the story from Daniel 3 of Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego.  You may remember that the three young men were threatened by King Nebuchadnezzar because they did not bow down and worship his over-sized golden statue.  There defense was no defense at all.  They just weren’t going to worship anyone or anything…..

Sharing Bible verses

You’ve seen our bumper stickers and bookmarks.  Oh, don’t forget our doormats and Facebook posts. So, obviously, you know that us Christians like to share Bible verses.  It’s an extremely common thing.  We’re used to it, and we know you expect it.  That’s why we do it even if you don’t ask us to.  We know your heart. Another common place I’ve seen Bible verses referenced is in cards.  Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, get…..

Don’t lose it

I told this story in my message last Sunday: A pastor visited a couple at their home.  They enjoyed good conversation and a wonderful dinner.  When the pastor left, the wife turned to her husband and said, “He stole my good spoon.”  “No, he didn’t,” her husband replied.  The wife kept this to herself for the next year, until the pastor was able to join them again for dinner.  As they took their seats to…..