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....
Joy and Justice: Two Sides of Same Coin

Joy and Justice: Two Sides of Same Coin

Joy and justice have become two necessary sides of the same coin in this unforgettable year. I have needed both joy and justice to make it through a year of unprecedented collective grief. Christians believe in a God who loves justice, as Isaiah 61:8 proclaims. So, it...
Family Practices to Make Advent Sacred

Family Practices to Make Advent Sacred

The four weeks leading up to Christmas Day are called Advent, from the Latin adventus, meaning “coming” or “arrival.” It is a season of waiting and preparation before the birth of Jesus, a time to prepare our hearts and our homes for the arrival of the baby Jesus. The...