That Thing We Do

From elementary school I remember a science experiment where each student was given a stiff piece of hefty construction paper. Carefully, the teacher poured out onto each sheet of paper a handful of tiny metal filings. They were iron shavings actually, that I remember looked like what lined the sink after my father trimmed his…
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The Good Old Days

I spent some time over the holidays thinking about the past. Not in a regretful sort of way, but with a good dose of romantic nostalgia. I was reminiscing to my children how I would climb on my bicycle on summer mornings and be gone all day, never once checking in by text or cell…
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“The Spittin’ Image Of The Almighty”

A neglected theology book from my shelf, layered with dust and giving off that familiar “old book smell,” has a section entitled, “Incarnation.” That’s the religious word used to describe Jesus’ birth, the miracle whereby God became “flesh and dwelt among us.” That dust-laden book reads: “Thus the Son of God became our Emmanuel; that…
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The Messiah We Need

In describing the birth of Jesus the writer of the Gospel of John said, “He came unto his own but his own received him not.” As the Christ – the Anointed One who would redeem the world – Jesus was a “bridge too far” for his contemporaries. This is neither a condemnation of those who…
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The Baby Jesus Is Missing!

Was there ever a time when the holidays were not busy? Probably not. I suppose if we went back to the very first Christmas we would find a great deal of hurried busyness: Joseph was out sitting in the garage on the donkey, honking the saddle horn, doing his best to hurry Mary along just…
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