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The Meaning of Christmas

Every year on or around the Thanksgiving holiday, families across the USA begin decorating their homes with Christmas decorations, both inside and out. My family is no different. The Thanksgiving turkey was not yet fully digested this year and Tina and my oldest son, Brett, were busily putting up the Christmas tree and other yuletide…

Practicing Gratitude

In a blog entitled “Thankful for the Fleas” at Christianity.com, pastor, author, and seminary professor James Emery White gives us good food for thought this Thanksgiving month with an illustration from the life of the heroic Christian, Corrie ten Boom: “The barracks where Corrie ten Boom and her sister, Betsy, were kept in the Nazi…

Does God Play Trick or Treat?

October is of course most notable for the celebration of Halloween. And the phrase most associated with Halloween is certainly the words: “trick or treat!” Now we are all familiar with the Halloween practice of children wearing costumes and going from door to door in neighborhoods. As they proceed from house to house, children yell…

Private Choices Are Not So Private

Did you know that there are entities that are tracking your daily social media activities? Yep, that’s right! All the information you share about you, including meta-data and contextual information you may not even be aware of, provides more than enough information to allow advertisers to track you and hackers to take advantage of your…

Which Way Do I Go?

In the Kentucky farmer and writer Wendell Berry’s novel Jayber Crow, Berry has his novel’s namesake character, Jayber, talk about the quiet work of God’s guidance in our lives: “Often I have not known where I was going until I was already there. I have had my share of desires and goals, but my life…

Patriotic American Christians

A dairy farm and creamery in Fredon Township, New Jersey named Windy Brow Farms announced in April their newest flavor of ice cream: Taylor Ham, which tastes like a favorite New Jersey delicacy—pork rolls. Being born and raised in Texas, I had never heard of a pork roll, but apparently a pork roll is a…

A Gracious Response

Recently I was reading about three American, female college students living abroad in Florence, Italy, who accidentally started a fire in their apartment after purchasing pasta from a local market and then attempting to cook it without any water. Yes, you heard right. Without water! Now, as many of you already know, about the only…

How Do I Deal With All of the Stress?

I’m probably telling you something you already know, but stressful anxiety levels are on the rise for many in America. I don’t know if you have heard of it or not, but the Unisys Security Index surveys more than 13,000 people in 13 countries, and is one of the only recurring global snapshots of citizen…

What If Christ Didn’t Arise?

Easter is the most important date on the Christian calendar. The reason is obvious. Although the virgin birth of Jesus that we celebrate at Christmas is miraculous and although the sinless life of Jesus is essential to our Christian faith, without the physical, bodily resurrection of Jesus, His virgin birth and sinless life is meaningless….

Making the Most of Every Opportunity

On the bitterly cold, subzero night of December 20, 1980, a 19-year-old girl named Jean Hilliard was returning late to her parents’ home near Lengby, Minnesota, when her family car skidded off the road. Clad in her western boots, a coat and mittens, Jean began walking to her neighbor Wally Nelson’s home, two miles away,…