It’s December! I love this time of year, but I’m also aware that it’s a season of both light and darkness—figuratively and literally. I’ve recorded a short video with some thoughts on what that means for me. Enjoy, and bask in the light!
Burning with envy, I stared at that long dark hair as it fell over the plastic baby in the manger. It isn’t fair, I thought. I would make a great Mary. But there I was, once again clad in a white gown and sporting a battered pair of wings and a rickety halo made of […]
As we launch into Advent and the Christmas season, I hope you’ll enjoy this post from my friend Ginger Kolbaba (See the end of this post to learn more about her and her books). Ginger is an experienced writer and editor who has made her mark on Christian media with various publications, including Marriage Partnership […]
If you’re like me, you’re appalled at what the 2016 election season has revealed–not just about the state of our political system, but about who we have become. And when I say “we,” I mean this fairly personally. Sure, I’m scratching my head over the foolishness of people who seek to lead our nation. But […]
As I’ve mentioned before, in 2010 I had the amazing privilege of touring Israel with a group of Christian journalists. It was an intense trip–both exhausting in its demands (we saw as much as we possibly could cram into the time we were there) and nearly overwhelming in its tutelage–and I had to come back […]
“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines […]
Again this time of year, we speak of peace in phrases that politely hide our fears. We wrap our homes in light of our making, put plastic on the lawn, bring trees inside, seeking sacred space in precious customs. Expectantly shopping, scrubbing, singing, we make our preparations once again. Rushing to revere your life among […]
When I was in high school, I really did not like most people who lived in the suburbs or even near them. I lived in the city, my family lived on public assistance, and I went to a public high school with an open enrollment policy that meant anyone in the school district could attend. […]
Actually, no. This is not a trick question. Last week, amid the polarizing play of arguments, the usual drama of politics, the weekly dose of outrage, the never-ending churn of scandal, and the new products touted as the latest easy answer we’ve all been looking for, two headlines stood out. Both featured people bearing witness […]
Ancient ruins and modern malls. Awe-filled pilgrims and stern-faced soldiers. Christian pilgrims worshiping by guitar on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and Muslim calls to prayer echoing off the stones in Jerusalem’s streets. The party atmosphere in the Jewish quarter Friday afternoon and the sacred quiet of Saturday morning, with Shabbat and its […]
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