Bad news/ Good news: we have been deposed from our self-made thrones, brought down from the high ground where we judge others while assuring ourselves of our perfect virtue.Read more
Jennifer Garrison Brownell
Like mothers in every time and place, Mary sang for comfort, for hope and for survival. Her song became his song. And his song became the world's.Read more
Emily C. Heath
Every year, in every church I have served, at least one faithful church member comes to me to let me know they won't be at Christmas Eve worship.Read more
Mary's prophecy in this text is still coming true. People of the light still believe and work for it to this day.Read more
Take a break today—maybe for the entire Advent season—from concepts and lists, from judgments and bickering. Only wonder. Fall to your knees at the wonder of it all.Read more
Jesus sets the ultimate welcome table. A table where there is no seat without honor, without grace, without love.Read more
People complain about the New Century Hymnal. "They changed the words!"Read more
Emily C. Heath
It's up to the adults in children's lives to lift them up, and bless them on their path. And Advent is as good a time as any to start.Read more
Kenneth L. Samuel
The story has now been given to you and me. If it is to stay relevant, it must be infused with a real sense of our own passion, experience and expression.
The word "pester" is so interesting. It means to bother. To nag. To bug. Often when it comes to justice, we use less interesting verbs.