Spies, or Something More?

Dear Friends: Have you ever noticed that we’re comfortable with the magi of the nativity scenes – the dazzling kings whom children dress up as for their pageants. We love to sing about “We Three Kings” of the Orient. But let’s not look past the inescapable conclusion of the Scripture – the Magi were spies….

Losing It!

Have you ever lost something? I’ve spent days looking for the remote for the TV only to realize that I put it in the freezer. How do you feel when you lost something? Imagine losing something precious – imagine losing a child! If you ask the “how could they do that?” question to Mary and…

Radical Imagining

Dear Friends: Have you ever taken the time to simply read the Christmas story? If you haven’t, that’s your homework this week! Read the first few introductory chapters of Luke’s Gospel and pay attention to his rich imagery. You’ll notice something almost immediately before this Gospel – men don’t say much of anything. Luke begins…

The Grace of the Do-Over

Look around today.  It’s Advent isn’t it.  Purple decorations.  Dusted the wreath off.  Familiar hymns.  Salvation Army bell ringers at the store.  Counting the days to Christmas.  Black Friday shopping.  Here we go again. The First Sunday of Advent.  It’s one big do-over!  But even though it might seem monotonous and routine, perhaps that’s the…