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The Holy Name

January 1st is the Feast of the Holy Name. Eight Days after birth, observant Jews would take their male children to the synagogue for circumcision and to formally name them. The act of naming, like the act of blessing, is an act of authority. The greater names and blesses the lesser. So it was, that when Adam was given authority to steward creation, part of that stewardship was to name the animals...Read More

The Journey to Epiphany

For many the beginning of a new year is a time for reflection, a time to take stock of our lives, and to think about the things we might like to change about our ourselves or our circumstances. What many of us hope for, what I hope for at least, is a sudden insight or revelation. I want all the pieces to fit together and for life to make more sense. What I am hoping for is an epiphany...Read More

A Christmas in Crisis

As we read the news headlines, they all seem to be more and more crises. There is North Korea deciding what kind of movies we can watch. There is the potential normalization of relations with Cuba that has its consequences. Terrorist attacks around the world and in our own country create anxiety and fear...Read More

A God Who Does the Unexpected

Even before I was an expectant father, I began to wonder how Mary and Joseph felt on the occasion of Jesus’ birth. The Annunciation to Mary indicated nothing about the humble circumstances in which he was to be born. It seems more likely to me, that while Mary wasn’t expecting a certain scented candle, or playlist of her favorite songs, she probably knew the local mid-wife in Nazareth...Read More

Man in Waiting

I have focused my Christmas meditations this year on those few verses in Luke 2:25-32 where we meet Simeon as he meets his Lord and Savior. Simeon is a man-in-waiting. He doesn't just pass time as he waits (like we do at the airport), but he "eagerly" waits for God to send the one who would deliver Israel...Read More

Advent Warfare

Well, here we are knee-deep in Advent and Christmas preparations. Usually, about this time of year, because of all the expectations, promotions, nostalgia and hope for a more "spiritual" Christmas, we get bombarded by the enemy. Feelings of loneliness, dashed expectations, financial issues, family troubles, or physical illness sometimes dog us day by day...Read More

How to Have Joy: Science and Faith Unite

Eric Metaxas quotes from a book "The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose." Notre Dame professor Christian Smith writes "by grasping onto what we currently have we lose out on better goods that we might have gained." One such good is happiness. The study shows what most of us know: generous people are more likely to describe themselves as happy than those who aren't generous...Read More

Advent as Holy Hunger

I used to think I would get to a place in my life where I wasn't waiting for the next thing. I used to believe I would reach some stage, call it adulthood, where I had all the things I hoped for and could just enjoy where I was. After getting married, after having a child, after starting a career in ministry, after buying a house—"whatever the marker, whatever the after, I thought there was stasis on the other side of somewhere...Read More