Thoughts on Christmas “merriment”

The joke among my kids is that I'm a grinch, for I'm not much for the Christmas spirit. I'll admit it: they're mostly right - but not because of the meaning of Christmas, but due to what we've made of Christmas. I really struggle with how, as Kathleen Norris writes, "the world force-feeds us merriment…

Jesus & the Story of God

On Sunday, I mentioned that the story and the scriptures of the Old Testament are all throughout the Gospel of Matthew. Because of this, Richard Hays compares Matthew to an annotated study Bible. Hays focuses on 13 places where Matthew points to the Hebrew scriptures in clear, can't-miss terms. If in Matthew's day they had…

5 Christmas Gifts

I'm not sure what follows can be called Christmas gifts, exactly. They're not. Unless ... unless, words, ideas, and hopes can be gifts that point us to what is real, lasting, and true. And since I believe that the best gifts are not usually the ones under the tree,┬áhere are five different "gifts" that speak…