Category Archives: holidays

The Lord Has Come: Lace Up Your Boots (A Sermon for Christmas Sunday)

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses,Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is … Continue reading

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Who’s Afraid of Halloween?

(This is one of the first posts I ever wrote, for Civil Religion.  As I’ve started to see a few anti-Halloween items show up in my Facebook feed, I thought it might be time to share it again.) 10-26-09 When … Continue reading

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From the Archives: I want to live in Eastertide

Originally posted in 2011. We make little jokes in our church staff meetings that might seem irreverent to some.  For instance, it was in a staff meeting that I was introduced to the Vintage 21 Jesus – because a certain … Continue reading

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On Maundy Thursday

The arguments of the past several days – in court, on social media, among friends and family – have given new meaning to “Passion Week”.  But this is Maundy Thursday and my focus is on the last meal Jesus shared … Continue reading

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Only One More Sleep Til Christmas

I don’t want to go into Christmas Day with tragedy being what you see when you visit my blog.  It’s time to focus on the holy season again, and on the peculiar pleasures of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I … Continue reading

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January First: 2011 Resolution Update

I quit giving resolution updates several months back, but it seems appropriate to revisit them one more time before I move on to my resolutions for 2012.  Resolution haters and cynics, move toward the exits now. 2011 Resolutions (you can … Continue reading

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2011 in review (My WordPress blog report)

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 18,000 times in 2011. If it were a … Continue reading

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For Christmas Morning: Victory

Maybe my favorite Christmas poem, by Elizabeth Jennings. Victory Down to that littleness, down to all that Crying and hunger, all that tiny flesh And flickering spirit – down the great stars fall, Here the great kings bow. Here the … Continue reading

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The War on Christmas (no, not that one)

But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time…as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one … Continue reading

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7 Years Ago Today

November 29, 2004, I was at the hospital, welcoming Bee into the world. People occasionally assume I’m Bee’s grandmother – which I think is just mean, and awful, and stupid, and which always leaves me depressed for days.  But I … Continue reading

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