A Soapbox for Christmas

A Soapbox for Christmas

Such a frail lot we’ve all become! We prepare for Christmas for the four weeks of Advent, then take a whopping 24 hours to ‘celebrate’ Christmas. Today, the second day of Christmas, is, for many, back to work as usual, time to put away the decorations, toss the tree...
The Root of Jesse

The Root of Jesse

To one group, the word evokes feelings of warm, loving, belonging with safety, abundance, and cherished family that, even in adulthood, have the lasting power to wrap themselves around one’s heart like a warm and cozy blanket. To a second group, the word conjures...
Rudolph Who’s Rudolph?

Rudolph Who’s Rudolph?

WARNING: Risk of pre-season traumatic trembling. Recently, I’ve seen Christmas-themed advertising, complete with smiling faces and bow-wrapped parcels. For many, if not most, it’s too early to think about such things, with all that that entails. But there it is. Maybe...
Which one of these is not like the other?

Which one of these is not like the other?

In the northern climes of Scandinavia, it’s normal to have barely any winter sun rising above the horizon during the day, and barely any sun setting below the horizon all summer. In a desert climate, it’s normal to have extreme temperature swings from day to night. In...
With Our Minds Stayed on Jesus

With Our Minds Stayed on Jesus

As we glide into port on this ultimate day of 2022, it is quite possible that our souls, like the hulls of ships, have gotten heavily barnacled, and need to be freed up. A quick dip into this topic explains that these tiny crustaceans attach themselves by secreting a...