Five Fun Facts About Advent

  Many years ago, I remember reading a sermon with the title, “Hallowthankmas.” The preacher was making the point that the commercial world has merged Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas into one, big, fat three-month shopping come-on. The Urban Dictionary defines Hallowthankmas as a holiday “celebrating the most wonderful time of the year,...

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When Giving Thanks is Difficult

  Have you ever found it difficult to give thanks? I have. I know others have, too. A few Novembers ago, a good friend died of a heart attack in his sleep. His nine-year old daughter discovered him in his bed. He was in his mid-50s, active and happy, a...

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Seeing Red

The Christmas Wars have started early this year. An Arizona evangelist and social-media personality is upset that Starbucks has removed traditional holiday symbols of snowflakes and ornaments from their coffee cups, switching to solid red. “Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus,” claims Joshua Feuerstein on his Facebook page....

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Learning a Lesson All Over Again

  I recently visited a couple at an independent living community in Ft. Worth. They had been a member of a church where I had served for several years. The man has leukemia, but he’s facing it down with a buoyant faith and active lifestyle. In fact, he and his wife just returned...

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To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate-That is the Question

  It’s that time of the year again! The annual “should Christians celebrate Halloween?” debate is in full force, with believers on both sides of the fence gleefully attacking each other. Articles defending or condemning this observance are always followed by comments with lots of exclamation points and ALL CAPS to put a...

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Downsizing a Dream

  My wife and I have been yakking about downsizing for a few good years now. About eight years ago, we bought the closest thing to our dream home we could afford and it has been wonderful. However, at over 3000 square feet to maintain and the 2nd floor challenging our...

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All of Us Will Die — But Not All of Us are Living

  Another shooting on a college campus – and this one allegedly targeted Christians. Chris Harper-Mercer, the killer in last Thursday’s mass murder at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, apparently asked students if they were Christians before gunning them down. The father of a survivor, Stacy Boylan, told CNN News that Mercer ordered students to stand up...

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When Christians Disagree

  When the Pope landed in America last Tuesday, controversy flew in ahead of him. Catholic Arizona representative Paul Gosar noted that he would boycott the pontiff’s speech during a joint session of Congress. Why? Because Gosar had heard that Pope Francis would not be addressing issues important to him, but rather...

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The Christians I Know

  My oldest son recently emailed me this LINK asking for my thoughts. It’s a video from John Oliver’s HBO comedy show, Last Week Tonight, exposing the shenanigans of some high-profile televangelists.  (WARNING: there is foul language that has been bleeped out). In my response to my son, I did not spare words on condemning...

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