Keeping Christ Alive

On Christmas Eve, for the first time in many years, I simply attended worship. As I sat waiting for the service to begin, I couldn't help but see the many servants who make worship happen. They unfolded chairs for the overflow crowd, hurried outside to make last minute preparations, and turned up the sound to … Continue reading Keeping Christ Alive

An Outsider’s Faith

When Jesus was born, we left behind the promised land.By that first Christmas day, something had happened to the temple--scripture tells us it was no longer a place of true worship.  It no longer led the heart, mind, and soul into the knowledge of the love of God.  Instead, it was a a place of … Continue reading An Outsider’s Faith

For the Love of Mary

During Advent, Mary takes center stage in the Biblical story.  Believers who speak a historical creed speak of her as the Virgin Mary, underscoring the miraculous nature of Jesus' birth.   Some whose faith lives outside of the historical creeds speak of her as a young girl, pregnant before she was married; they see in God's … Continue reading For the Love of Mary

Waiting for God

When we spend so much of our lives battling, striving, and working as hard as we can, the image of waiting outside in the dark, hoping for the door to open, is one of the most challenging passages of scripture (Matthew 25, a traditional reading for Advent).  Matthew's ten virgins standing outside, waiting for the … Continue reading Waiting for God