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Line Queue Standing Straight Waiting Crowded Round

Elizabeth and Mary: A Lesson in Joyful Waiting

Americans spend roughly 37 billion hours each year waiting in line, and more often than not, we hate every single minute of it. In our “get-it-done-now-and-move-on-to-the-next-thing” world, waiting is a drudgery none of us enjoys. Of course, supermarkets know this, so to keep us entertained,

Christmas ornament with reindeer Santa and sleigh

The Christmas Fraud

I want to share this obvious observation: Even if there were some remote chance I could become pope… they would never let me. The reason is simple — and it is not because of my progressive views of Christian theology, or the fact that I

Glasses resting on Bible

In Your Dreams! Dare to Dream

Jubilee! Circle, Columbia, S.C. Readings for the First Sunday after Christmas: I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord. (Isaiah 63:7-9) And having been warned in a dream… (Matthew 2:1-12) Our first song tonight comes from a British band that saw a lot of

Adult boy in building

Santa Sightings!

Here he comes again…that robust, jolly fellow with his sleigh full of gifts! We all know (spoiler alert!) that Santa isn’t “real.” That our gifts really come from people who love us. But in their own way, they, too, are a manifestation of the love

Starry night sky background

Can You Hear It?

While Jacob sat patting his young pup, his mother finished serving several portions of the evening meal into a large covered dish, and added a bag containing bread for all those who watched that night. It would be his job to take these meals to

Christmas ornament with reindeer Santa and sleigh

The Annual War of Unbelief To Sell Christmas

An American holiday tradition that’s proven to be financially successful was observed again last month. It’s a tradition that reminds one of comedian Stan Freberg’s 1958 spoof of Dickens’ Christmas Carol called “Green Chri.” Freberg’s Scrooge owns an ad agency geared to profiting off of

Glasses resting on Bible

Holy Family, Batman!

Metropolitan Community Church of Columbia, S.C. Readings: Isaiah 61:10-62:3 Galatians 3:23-29 This sermon though was not an easy one to write. I usually can write a sermon in a day – two at the longest, but this one took about three days. It reminded me

The Nativity (ca. 1550–1600) by Jheronimus Bosch. Original from The Rijksmuseum.

Which Way Home?

What a bother it must have been! In the dead of winter having to walk well over eighty miles (and that’s as the ‘crow flies’!) simply to go from their home in Nazareth to get to Bethlehem to take a census! In the dead of