Christmas Time is Here

I have always thought that the Vince Guaraldi song “Christmas Time Is Here,” from A Charlie Brown Christmas is the among most melancholy holiday songs written. There are sad songs like Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas” and the Carpenter’s “Merry Christmas Darling,” both about absent lovers. But Lee Mendelson’s words for “Christmas Time Is Here” are […]


PREPARING FOR ADVENT A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the LORD shall […]


It means to take something and make something else out of it. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther began the Protestant Reformation as he tried to re-form the church into something new. After searching the Scriptures, Dr. Luther could find no justification for many of the practices that he witnessed the Roman Catholic Church was […]


One of the things about moving—whether cross-country or across the county—is that the unpacking continues for long after the move. There was a canvas bag of stuff that I took out of my dresser as we were getting ready to leave Carmichael. For the past four months it sat unopened. At first, it was on […]

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his surpassing greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with clanging cymbals; […]

The Spirit Is Calling

“When the day of Pentecost had come, [Jesus’ followers] were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind…. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them…. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as […]