Merry Christmas 2018

  Merry Christmas…. I never imagined I’d get to a time when people consider the phrase divisive, controversial, offensive. How strange. For all the good it’s done through the centuries, (and it has) I also realize religion has been twisted. Weaponized. As someone whose life was transformed by faith in Jesus and who has been on the receiving end of religion’s misuse, I feel the need to reaffirm that the real Christmas story is about Hope. It’s about redemption and transcendence. It’s about justice and love. It’s not a case for ignorance,… Read More

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  LET THE STABLE STILL ASTONISH Let the stable still astonish: Straw-dirt floor, dull eyes, Dusty flanks of donkeys, oxen; Crumbling, crooked walls; No bed to carry that pain, And then, the child– Rag-wrapped, laid to cry In a trough. Who would have chosen this? Who would have said, “Yes, let the God of Heaven and Earth Be born in this place”? Who but the same God Who stands in the darker, fouler rooms Of our hearts And says, “Yes, let the God of Heaven and Earth Be born in this place.”… Read More

Let the Stable still Astonish

  Let the stable still astonish: Straw-dirt floor, dull eyes, Dusty flanks of donkeys, oxen; Crumbling, crooked walls; No bed to carry that pain, And then, the child– Rag-wrapped, laid to cry In a trough. Who would have chosen this? Who would have said, “Yes, let the God of Heaven and Earth Be born in this place”? Who but the same God Who stands in the darker, fouler rooms Of our hearts And says, “Yes, let the God of Heaven and Earth Be born in this place.” –  Leslie Leyland Fields ***… Read More

Merry Christmas 2015

Let the Stable Still Astonish Let the stable still astonish: Straw-dirt floor, dull eyes, Dusty flanks of donkeys, oxen; Crumbling, crooked walls; No bed to carry that pain, And then, the child– Rag-wrapped, laid to cry In a trough. Who would have chosen this? Who would have said, “Yes, let the God of Heaven and Earth Be born in this place”? Who but the same God Who stands in the darker, fouler rooms Of our hearts And says, “Yes, let the God of Heaven and Earth Be born in this place.” – … Read More

Merry Christmas

I post this poem every year because I believe it captures the essence of the incarnation and redemption offered in Jesus Christ. Christmas is about God’s gift of Himself to us, not just for religious spit-and-polish or pious moralizing mixed with creeds and rituals, but God coming to us at the very place of our need. In Jesus Christ is forgiveness of sins, transformation of heart, redemption at the very core of who and what we are. It’s a relationship with God forever. It’s eternal life. Genuinely accepting God’s love means change… Read More

The Barrow Lover – Free for Kindle

Through Friday the 5th. Not exactly festive but Merry Christmas. LINKY

Just my .02

Preachers often rail against the lure and message of Hollywood and there’s something to be said there in certain instances. But Life and the world being what they are, is it any wonder people seek escapism? In my experience, ministers called to declare ‘the greatest story ever told’ often fail to make it captivating, fail to engage the audience. Can you really fault them when the wonder of an Almighty God, His everlasting kingdom, the mystery and promise of redemption, get replaced by insipid platitudes or petty indignations? If those are the… Read More

At Christmas

I post this poem every year because in my mind it best describes the reason Jesus came. This celebration is about God’s gift of Himself to us; about the child that grew to manhood, willingly gave his life in our place, then rose from the dead to demonstrate he’d defeated not only sin but death itself. Christianity isn’t self-help, moralizing, or perfunctory piety. (Yes, people reduce it to that, but those are parodies.) In Jesus Christ is forgiveness of sins, transformation of heart, redemption of the very core of who and what… Read More