Change or Die: A Post-Christmas Wrap Up

This past weekend, I wrote a piece for the religion column of our local paper.  The following is an excerpt with a link to the full article *** Two years ago, I introduced my daughter to Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. We read the book then watched some film versions. The 2009 animated version (with Jim…

Bah! Humbug!

It’s Christmastime again.   Besides music, colored lights, trees sprouting indoors, and avalanching sweets, there’s another cue to the season: snide comments about commercialism. Commercialism is a real problem. I don’t deny that.   Humanity’s loyalty has long been divided between God and mammon (Matt. 6:24). As they say, nothing is sacred. Consumption and material…

God Bless Us, Everyone!

As I’ve written elsewhere, A Christmas Carol is a favorite holiday story in our house.  To many, it’s a familiar tale.  Scrooge is a selfish, old miser.  Financial gain is his one great love.  He thinks little of the poor and even comments that they should die to “decrease the surplus population.” (Uh…WOW). Scrooge’s heart…

Dead Men, Has-Beens, and Jailbirds

God brought forth the promised son when Abram was as good as dead (Rom. 4:19). God used Moses to deliver Israel from slavery only after he was a has-been tending sheep in the desert for 40 years. Paul is remembered as a powerhouse of ministry, a fearless preacher, a worker of miracles. But when was…