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 […]

Read More Merry Christmas 2018

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 […]

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 […]

Read More Let the Stable still Astonish

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 […]

Read More Merry Christmas 2015

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 […]

Read More Merry Christmas

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 […]

Read More Just my .02