Here’s to New Life Bearing Lasting Fruit in the New Year

“Do you have the Christmas spirit yet?”

As Christmas drew near, this is the question we asked one another as children. The “Christmas spirit” was something tangible and unmistakable: we knew if we had it or if we didn’t. Mounting excitement at the immanent arrival of Santa Claus and his sack of toys? Okay, yes, perhaps. But there was more to it. Read more

Mission Matters: December 27, 2016

From all of us to all of you: a very Merry and Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year! We pray that this Christmas season  be a time of grace and renewal for you, a time of joy and gratitude for the Lord’s saving gift of His only Son.

May the hope and new life He brings fill each of us to overflowing so that we may share it with all those we meet, especially those in most need.

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“I Know Him!”

Okay, people. Tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. Santa’s coming to town!” said the store manager. “Santa?! Here?!”, yelled Buddy enthusiastically. “I KNOW HIM! I KNOW HIM!!”

If you haven’t seen the movie Elf, consider doing so. It’s one of my favorites this time of year. But what does this have to do with what we are soon to celebrate? Read more

A Dangerous Baby

My wife and I had our fifth child on November 6. Well, let’s be honest: she had her and I was there in support. My daughter’s birth coincided with the presidential election and the onset of Advent, which has left me thinking about the strange Biblical intersection of babies and politics. So far, my reflections have led to a few reconsiderations about the birth of the One we call Messiah. Read more

A Last-Minute Thought for Your Christmas Wish List

Now that you have received this post and are going down these lines, I know my prayers were heard.

Since we are all preparing for one of the most important holidays of the year, you could’ve easily ignored this blog post. Yet, here you are, and I cannot resist the urge to share some thoughts with you. Time is of the essence! Read more