I Have a Lot of Questions About Magi

The world could sure use a few magi right now. We seem to have an over abundance of Herods and Ceasars. And I think we’re good with Chief Priests and Scribes. But where are the magi? It’s not that I don’t believe that they’re here. Somewhere. In fact, I’m pretty...

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Not One Day, But Every Day

Well, that’s that. Christmas is over. On to the New Year’s Resolutions. They don’t seem to last any longer than Christmas. People have taken their decorations down and stores have their Valentine’s Day stuff out. And that’s fair, I guess. The first part, anyway. Let’s move on, it’s a new...

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Won’t You Be My Neighbour?

For all the debate about how early you can put Christmas decorations up, it doesn’t take long for them to come down. I wonder if that isn’t part of how we tell the story: it’s a lot of build up to one moment on one night when everyone’s there, just...

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Fear Not: For, Behold, I Bring You Good Tidings

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And yet. For many people, this is anything but “the very best time of the year.” Even a cursory scan through the news will give you more than a few reasons why. The economy’s struggling, there’s unemployment, there’s environment issues, violence and...

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What Are You Expecting?

This whole ”expectation” thing in Advent is tricky, isn’t it? We even have a hymn for that: “Come, thou long expected Jesus.” It’s on old time classic by Charles Wesley, but we don’t sing it that often anymore. People expect something more contemporary. It’s best to be prepared for it,...

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A Message for Any Time or Place

There’s something magnetic about John the Baptist. Based on his description in the Bible and the words he says there, we have a picture of someone smelly and dirty with wild unkept hair, dressed in animal skins. He came from the wilderness where he lived on locusts and honey. He...

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Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

It’s Advent this week, the beginning of the church year: four Sundays set aside to prepare, watching and waiting for what is to come. Something’s coming and what’s to come is Christmas, isn’t it? The coming of Jesus. Yes it is, but which one may be the question. The stories...

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How I Know You

It will likely come as no surprise at all when I say that people often respond to things I say or write. Partly because I actively encourage it. I always try to remind people that I’m expressing my thoughts and ideas and hope it will inspire them to think about...

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Hope Lies Ahead

Are you tired? I’m tired. It’s mid-November and I’m already tired of winter. I know it hasn’t even really started yet. Still, I’m tired of it. But that’s not what I mean. Like most people, I probably work too much and don’t rest, let alone sleep, enough. But I don’t...

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Remember to Live

You might have seen this heart-warming story last week. Joshua Dyer, a 14 year old boy from Herefordshire, England, was asked in school to write a poem for a local veterans group concert, part of the Remembrance Day observance this year. He came up with a short piece called “A...

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