Thursday, December 28, 2017

"That's the meaning of Christmas, Charlie Brown."

A classic, and wonderful reminder; in the midst of the chaos of organizing a Christmas pageant, the wise Linus stands on stage and recites scripture from memory.
Immanuel, our God is with us! Jesus' birth as God in the flesh, come to be with us and save all humanity:  Linus got it right, that's the real meaning of Christmas. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A Foretaste of Suffering -- and More

One of the stories we don't like to focus on during this time is told in Matthew 2:13-18. There, we read about infanticide: the killing of the young male babies by Herod's troops in the vicinity of Bethlehem, after the wise men visit

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Gifts of Jesus

A lot of attention is given to gifts at Christmas -- the wise men giving gifts to Jesus, and the gifts we hope to get from someone, or those we feel obligated to give to people

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Fake News vs. The Best News!

Did you know that not all "news" is true? There’s been a lot of coverage lately about “fake news” — a rumor or accusation, sometimes sponsored by someone with a political agenda (wow, imagine that?) and then spread by people who assume without checking that it’s true, because it fits their

Thursday, December 7, 2017

God's Humility and Why We Need It

I can hear someone saying already, "hey, what do you mean God is humble?" Yet, that's what scripture tells us, including about the birth of our Savior. The 'great contradiction' is where God, the eternal and non-physical ruler of the universe, was born into human flesh with

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Good News! A Transition in Leadership

Recently in Zimbabwe, the 37-year presidency of Robert Mugabe has come to an end. He has not left the country, and his most likely successor has not yet been sworn in, but the transition appears certain. The streets have been

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thankful? Or Too Busy?

Thanksgiving is next Thursday. That's a time for us to slow down our normal activities and stop to count our blessings. Isn't it a shame though, that we have to be reminded? Maybe we've