This Advent season, avoid the commercialism and the stress and the excess–give to those in need. Give to projects that provide the basics of life. Here’s one option. Make a commitment to give so much per day between now and Christmas.

First Week of Advent

Advent has always been my favorite season of the liturgical year, especially when I was a Lutheran pastor. The prayers, the Scriptures, the hymns, the Advent wreath, all played their proper roles in stirring up hope in the midst of what might otherwise be a dark and gloomy time of early winter. Rediscovery of the…

Tom DeLay

Tom DeLay was convicted today. He scorned the verdict, saying it represented “the criminalization politics.” Well, no. It represents the fact that there are lines in politics between what is legal and what is illegal.

Thanksgiving–What It Is, and What It Ain’t

Thanksgiving Day is not a day about gratitude. It is not a day about¬†thanking those around you. It is a day to acknowledge the One from Whom all blessings flow. Here are two Thanksgiving Day proclamations that underscore what the founders of this feast intended. The first is from George Washington. WHEREAS it is the…

Considering Arminianism

My latest at Adventist Today¬†(Nov 16, 2010). The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University recently hosted a symposium on “Arminianism and Adventism: Celebrating Our Soteriological Heritage,” October 14-16. David Hamstra posted summaries of the presentations at the “Memory, Meaning & Faith” blog. Jacob Arminius (1560-1609) was a Dutch Reformed theologian who called into question…

The Pope and Condoms Redux

Lots of shared ignorance on the net these days, between the media and those commenting on the media, all about a story in which the pope supposedly is changing Catholic teaching on condoms. GetReligion looks at the press frenzy. BBC has the courtesy to cite the pope’s actual words.