Moving From Fear to Joy

Moving From Fear to Joy

We all know what a shepherd looks like, don’t we? About three feet tall. Wears a striped bathrobe. Shaggy head adorned with a blue bath towel and a headband. Holds a crooked stick. Wears Nikes. In my day, they were Converse. Despite all the competing grand productions...
Finding Joy During Advent

Finding Joy During Advent

On this third week of Advent, I hope for you the kind of joy that I found this week. Since the birth of my second son, his mother noted that his twenty-first birthday would coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. We knew it would...
Advent Lectionary | Let Your Joy Be Known

Advent Lectionary | Let Your Joy Be Known

Millennial Pink, also known as Rose Quartz, was Pantone’s color of the year in 2016. This choice of color represented so much more than a hue we would find in clothing stores for years to come. It symbolized breaking down the gender norms in which society assigned...
Why Laughter Will Fill the Church’s Future

Why Laughter Will Fill the Church’s Future

Plenty of trends look tough for the future of the church. We read about the rise of the “nones” who have no affiliation with a faith tradition, much less a church. We see the decline in attendance across mainline and evangelical churches. We wonder, “Will giving hold...
Happy Birthday to Herr Beethoven – at 250

Happy Birthday to Herr Beethoven – at 250

Were Charlie Brown’s Schroeder still with us, he would probably be bent over his toy piano today singing, “Happy Birthday” to Beethoven – his 250th! We’re not certain that the 16th is his birthday; we know only that he was baptized on the 17th at Bonn’s Church of St....