Plenty of Room at the Inn: The Nativity Scene Resurrected | On Being

We must always be attentive to the edges of our own storytelling. Attractive as it may be to children, and lodged as it may be upon the portrayed scenes of religious Christmas cards, it is simply incorrect to think that Mary and Joseph were forced into a stable. They found shelter in the kindness ofContinue reading “Plenty of Room at the Inn: The Nativity Scene Resurrected | On Being”

Mary’s Magnificat and ‘I am a thought in God.’

Magnificat The magnificat is beautiful and celebratory song. It is known as the magnificat, because that is the opening word of Mary’s famous song in Latin. In Greek it is Megalunei, which means to magnify, grow, enlarge! It is thought to be one of the earliest Christian hymns ever recorded and it is one ofContinue reading “Mary’s Magnificat and ‘I am a thought in God.’”

The Moleskine of calendars @NeuYear (Review and 40% Discount)

I am a big fan of Moleskine – and Moleskine-like – notebooks. High-quality “analog” ways of note-taking, planning and sketching are where it is at for me. So you can imagine my delight when I learned about Jesse Philips NeuYear Calendars. After receiving mine for review I can say it truly is as she saidContinue reading “The Moleskine of calendars @NeuYear (Review and 40% Discount)”

A Light Is Lit in Order to Give Light (Romero)

A Christian community is evangelized in order to evangelize. A light is lit in order to give light. A candle is not lit to be put under a bushel, said Christ. It is lit and put up high in order to give light. That is what a true community is like. A community is aContinue reading “A Light Is Lit in Order to Give Light (Romero)”

The Shootings, With a “What?,” and a “Yes” – Luke 3:10-17

This is the message I gave at meeting for worship this morning: And the crowds asked him, ‘What then should we do?’ In reply he said to them, ‘Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.’ Even tax-collectors came to be baptized, and they askedContinue reading “The Shootings, With a “What?,” and a “Yes” – Luke 3:10-17″

Parking Lots, Crooked Paths and Open Hearts (Luke 3)

This is the message I gave today at Camas Friends during meeting for worship. It is based on Luke 3:1-6. The Parking Lots When I was in high school I did what many people my age have done for generations and that was work as a grocery store carry-out: a bag-boy as we called itContinue reading “Parking Lots, Crooked Paths and Open Hearts (Luke 3)”

Transitions, Temple and Reweaving the Bonds of Human Life (Mark 13)

This is the message I gave two weeks ago at Camas Friends Church on Mark 13:1-8. Life Transitions This past summer I found myself feeling drained, exhausted, uninspired and generally not myself. I felt like everything was slipping through my fingers, time was moving too quickly, things felt lifeless and draining to me. I didn’tContinue reading “Transitions, Temple and Reweaving the Bonds of Human Life (Mark 13)”