It’s Not Too Early

It’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas this year. In fact, I know some people who are already gathering gifts in preparation for the holidays. So, before you spend all your money on more Christmas and holiday stuff, consider this video and make some plans for implementing a new kind of gift-giving this […]

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Sunday Morning Stretching

> Last Sunday morning, during our Advent portion of the worship service, I had everyone begin by standing and spreading out. Then, with closed eyes, I directed us all to take 5 deep breaths. Inhale . . . Exhale . . . Again . . . Next, stretching exercises. One hand over our heads, bending […]

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Lest We Forget

>I should be blogging about Christmas/Holiday stuff tonight. After all, Christmas is less than a week away. But no. Instead, as the Christmas celebrations commence and another year dawns on the near horizon may we not forget to tell the stories of atrocities that have occurred in the past–Darfur, Chernobyl, Hitler, The Civil War, Rwanda, […]

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A Christmas Video

>The following is a video from Forgotten Christmas dot org. After viewing, I encourage you to visit their website for further suggestions, tools, and inspiration to help you implement greater meaning and truth into your regular, typical, traditional Christmas. May you find yourself giving more, caring more, and spending less . . . selfishly. May […]

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A Poem Prayer for Advent

> When the song of the angel is still,When the star in the sky is gone,When the kings and princes are home,When the shepherds are back with their sheep,The work of Christmas begins:to find the lost,to heal the broken,to feed the hungry,to release the prisoner,to rebuild the nations,to bring peace among people,to make music in […]

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Top 10 of ’10

>Holiday shopping is nearly upon us, and for some of you, your Christmas shopping has already begun. Well, I wanted to share with you my top ten reads of 2010 (so far) just in case you might want to purchase a couple and wrap them up with paper and ribbons to stick under the tree, […]

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Parumpumpumpum!

>The song of the little drummer boy, with all of its parumpumpumpumming, is, indeed, one of my favorite Christmas carols. I’ve heard a great deal of jesting about this tune, and it isn’t the first song that comes to mind when I think of my favorite Christmas songs. In fact, earlier today, on our way […]

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A Simple Season

>Our church participates in a movement that is called ADVENT CONSPIRACY, and it is wonderful. ADVENT CONSPIRACY has a motto that we have, as a family, tried to incorporate into our lives, and that is this: Worship fully. Spend less. Give more. Love all. What a powerful reminder to us what Christmas really is all […]

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