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Santa Returns

Santa Returns

As is often the case, my best laid plans have been postponed. I’ll tell you the story of a certain Santa, his long sojourn in the south and his quiet…

When celebrating Christmas was criminal

In 1644, the English Parliament outlawed Christmas. No celebrations of any kind were to be tolerated that commemorated the season. What caused this revolt against celebrating the birth of Christ?…

The Healing Power of Thanksgiving

“Do you still look out your study window and give thanks?” asked my grandson, his question being drawn from memories of childhood. Allow me to explain. During one of the…

Strength For All Seasons

Poets and preachers have long pointed out the similarities between the seasons of the year and life. In effect, we’re all born in January and immediately start heading toward December.…

The Answer To Life’s Most Important Question

He was a college student struggling with honest questions about life here and hereafter. His search had taken him away from the childhood beliefs instilled by his parents. Intriguing philosophical…

Finding Light In Dark Places

The two letters on my desk are filled with encouragement, good news and evidence of a bright outlook, but they have come from a dark place, a Florida prison. I’m…

Putting Your Faith On The Line

Last week, my e-mail program started having problems. “Error occurred” kept appearing on my computer screen: not an encouraging sign since e-mail is my primary vehicle to send this weekly…

A Pleasant Day…So Far

“It’s a pleasant day,” I said to the receptionist, hoping to brighten her mood. “So far,” she sighed. “So far is all we have,” I replied. The Psalmist emphasized the…

Tune Out The Downers

Reaching for the car radio dial to catch a weather report seemed so natural. We were heading for Arizona that winter and wondering what kind of weather we’d face on…

The Preacher And The President

“What are we going to do about the president?” asked my minister friend. His question took me by surprise. And though many years – and presidential administrations – have passed…

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