Lord, Reveal To Us…True Worship

Christmas officially ends today. Now you may have thought that it ended on Dec. 25, after you unwrapped the presents, consumed the Christmas ham and shoved the last of the kinfolk out the door.  However, for hundreds of years, the church didn’t start Christmas celebrations until Dec 25 and carried them...

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Grow Up

Meet Stanley the Baby Man. In his thirties, Stanley acts normally in the real world, but reverts to diapers and “jammies” when at home. He sleeps in a crib, sucks on a pacifier and has himself spoon-fed by a motherly woman as he sits in a man-sized highchair. Most of us view this...

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Resolved: To Make That New Year’s List Again

When I was a young’un–back when the Grand Canyon was being formed–it seemed that New Year’s resolutions were more popular than they are now. Though people talked about them and scribbled out lists, I’m sure they broke their resolutions with the same frequency as they do today. A 2007 study revealed that 88%...

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God Plays Offense

A governor changes the name of the statehouse Christmas tree to “holiday tree.” The local school board votes to change Christmas break to “winter break.” A national retailer forbids employees to greet customers with “Merry Christmas,” telling them instead to utter “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings.” What’s going on here? Why, it’s...

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Your Days Are Numbered

With the Newtown, Conn. school shooting still fresh in my mind, the children of Richland Hills United Methodist Church in NRH, TX looked especially precious to me when I performed my Christmas magic show on Sunday afternoon. About thirty kids and “kids-at-heart” gathered in the fellowship hall to watch my goofy...

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Shine

I was in a Toastmasters meeting when my phone lit up with the headlines of the nauseating violence at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. I let the screen go blank and refocused my attention on the agenda, since I had a speech to deliver. When I got...

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The Play That Produced Prayer

There is a scene in The Forgotten Carols, playing at the Artisan Center Theater in Hurst, TX, where I pray for the female lead character, a hard-boiled woman named Constance. As I do so, a crowd of people slip in from various corners of the stage, singing the refrain, “We...

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God’s Contact Lenses

“Something is different.” That was my first thought when I faced the congregation at Asbury United Methodist Church in Lafayette, LA yesterday. I was dressed in the biblical robes of Simeon, the righteous man who was waiting for the “consolation of Israel,” performing this Advent drama as I’ve been doing...

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