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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

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

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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

People celebrating Thanksgiving Day

Sharing the Table

I know it is the time for the all important holidays. You know the ones I’m talking about. Thanksgiving and Christmas, to mention the two that stand out in my mind. I think of those holidays fondly for many reasons. One of the most important

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Just for Today: A Christmas Wish

Have you ever witnessed the wonder and delight on the faces of young children as they catch a glimpse, through a partially opened door, of a Christmas tree laden with gifts? Or seen the excitement as the Christmas light suddenly blaze forth from trees and

Dove flying in Lisbon, Portugal

A Gay Male Carol (a Lutitune)

We three queans of Christendom are bearing gifts we traverse afar, lay and clergy, collared and mitred, following yonder star. Episcopalians Born a quean in ECUSA’s plain, INTEGRITY I bring to my king; king for ever, ceasing never, over us all to reign. Roman Catholics

Three wise men silhouette over a full moon

And Lo, A Star Shone in the East

Once upon a time, or so the story goes, in a land far away, lived a nation of people very different from us. Their appearance was different, as were their customs and clothing. And they had no idea of the one true God. Among the

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

Christmas: What’s In It For Us?

It is so easy to go blind and deaf at Christmas. Blinded by garish lights, “sale” signs and mobs of anxious, cranky shoppers. Deafened by tinny renditions of “Rudolph” and “Frosty,” not to mention the sweet strains of “Silent Night” from the automotive department of