Christ is Born: A New Christmas Carol

I love Christmas carols. From standards like "Joy to the World" and "What Child Is This" to lesser-known carols such as "The Wexford Carol" or "The Holly and the Ivy," I love singing and listening to the traditional songs that celebrate the birth of Jesus. This is a carol that I wrote a couple of … Continue reading Christ is Born: A New Christmas Carol

From Longing to Rejoicing: Devotional Readings for Advent & Christmastide

Updated 11/29/2017: Last Spring I introduced a Seasonal Family Devotional Bookmark as a helpful tool. It includes the readings for Advent & Christmastide as well as Lent & Eastertide. Updated 2/28/2017: After some beta testing, I've slightly revised this devotional plan to make some of the readings shorter and more suitable for reading in a … Continue reading From Longing to Rejoicing: Devotional Readings for Advent & Christmastide

Making Sense of the Bible (including the weird parts)

You need the Bible. If you're a parent, your children need the Bible too. I've written before about the importance of personal and family devotions. But let's be honest: the Bible can sometimes be hard to understand. I mean, if you stick to easier parts (most of the New Testament), it's not so bad. But … Continue reading Making Sense of the Bible (including the weird parts)

Who is this “God” person, anyway?

If you asked the average American on the street (or perhaps on the couch, the more natural habitat of the American) what God looks like, they would probably say a dude with a white robe, a white beard, and long white hair. It's the stock image of God found in every corner of our culture, … Continue reading Who is this “God” person, anyway?

Holy Spirit, Wind of Heaven

A poem for Pentecost 2015   Holy Spirit, Wind of heaven, breathe fresh life into my soul Come again, Thou Gift once given, raise these bones and make me whole   As at creation, Lord Life-Giver, stir the depths within my heart Spring in me, Thou living River; fill and flow through every part   … Continue reading Holy Spirit, Wind of Heaven

The Sight is Glorious

Today is one of my favorite days of the year. No, I don't mean Cinco de Mayo, important as the Battle of Puebla was in North American history. Today, with people around the world, I am celebrating a far greater triumph. Today - forty days after Easter Sunday - is the Feast of the Ascension … Continue reading The Sight is Glorious