by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.”
— Luke 1:78-79
Mary and Joseph walked for days and miles from their home in Nazareth to the town of Bethlehem.
They walked for 70-90 miles and for 4-7 days depending on who you ask.
Why? Well, Luke tells us it was because the Emperor told them to.
One of our favorite traditions is to put our tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving. It’s a tree that has been in my family for THIRTY YEARS and the ornaments span from the childhoods of my wife’s and mine all the way up to our own children’s ornaments. All that to say that putting the tree up means something to us. It’s an event chocked full of tradition and memories and each year we attempt to create an experience worthy of such an occasion!Continue reading
This is part of a series where I hope to join two of my life long loves together: the music I listen to, and the Scriptures I read – in a series I’m calling Soundtrack. Why? Well, because each piece will explore the music that has often marked the various chapters in my life with the soundtrack of Scripture, the Psalms.
Those like me in the Church of Christ need those like you to keep writing such stories, and we need to read them, hear them, and accept them as true no matter how much it may hurt to do so, because they serve as an ongoing reminder of the need to practice humility and graciousness. Stories like yours bear witness to our sins of prejudice, sectarianism, pride, and exclusivity, much less our innumerable lesser sins. Continue reading
I typically don’t follow celebrity news closely, and this is true of Caitlyn Jenner as well. What I do follow rather acutely are the responses by people on my Facebook feed. I can gauge the climate of an issue typically within seconds. I am sure I am not alone in having a diverse “friend list”, but my time growing up in rural Alabama and and my ongoing work among a relatively conservative group of Christians, coupled with my time at one of the South’s most liberal seminaries usually engenders me to a wide sampling of opinions on any given issue.
Last week as news broke of Josh Duggar, a conservative Christian reality TV star who inappropriately touched girls as a young teenager – some of whom were his sisters – I saw many socially conservative Christians taking up for him, asking for others to be gracious and forgiving of his criminal activity, and essentially asking everyone to just leave him alone.
This week, as news broke of Bruce Jenner’s transformation into Caitlyn Jenner, many in the conservative Christian community not only posted their disapproval, but have resorted to outright inappropriate speech, and at times genuinely hateful discourse about another human being whose greatest “crime” is being confused about one’s own gender and the efforts taken to figure things out.Continue reading