Reasons to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Last week, I saw an interesting hashtag trend on Twitter: #ReasonsToSkipThanksgiving. The comments were mostly what a person would expect. Jokes about family arguments, political jabs, and angst over the well-being of turkeys filled my Twitter feed. There were also … Continued

The Rocky Road of Love

“Are you kidding me?” We don’t know Mary’s exact words when she learned she’d have to transport her highly pregnant body some 70 miles or more from Nazareth to Bethlehem, but it’s safe to assume neither she nor Joseph cherished … Continued

Are We Too Connected?

Last year, my wife Debi and I took a cruise to celebrate our 30th anniversary. It was an awesome experience—probably the most relaxing vacation I’ve ever taken. One of the blessings in disguise was having minimal access to the internet. … Continued

Our Unlikely Savior

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The King of Glory came to earth apart from the religious establishment, born in a stable filled with manure and overrun by flies. Angels announced His birth to a group of lowly shepherds who likely smelled as bad as the … Continued

God Loves a Cheerful Giver

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There was a news report the other day of police officers in Kansas City pulling people over to give them money from a secret Santa. The emotions rendered by the story were the exact opposite of those being expressed all … Continued

The Joy of Giving

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Grace is so integral to the Christian faith that people can sometimes fail to realize that the general concept is not unique to Christianity. In ancient secular Greek writings, the word charis essentially meant “that which delights.” In this sense, … Continued

The Day I Went to Prison

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Entering a prison can be a foreboding experience. High fences. Barbed wire. Imposing walls. I was somewhat relieved when we checked in with the guard and went across the street to the low security prison camp where the inmates were … Continued