An AA Christmas

This Christmas, my husband I will celebrate the holiday surrounded by a variety of family and friends. Most of these folks have an unusual characteristic in common: they are recovering addicts and alcoholics. Their length of sobriety ranges from 10 days to 30 years....

Rushing Christmas

What to do when your church doesn’t want to celebrate Advent? When they rush into Christmas? Let me answer that question by posing another one. Spoiler alert: this is a curmudgeonly response. Here’s my question: Is it really so bad to sing Christmas Carols for a whole...

Beyond a Cute Christmas

Last week, an interesting discussion broke open among a group of pastors I coach…would they stick to a safe, traditional telling of the Christmas story?  Or would they shake it up and include more challenging aspects of the story? Rightly told, Christmas is a powerful...

Not Even a Text Message?

Just as Christians celebrate Easter and Christmas every year, so Jesus and his family—along with their relatives and friends—celebrated Passover every year. It was a big to-do. Each spring in the Hebrew month of Nisan they trekked from their home in Nazareth up to...

On the Eighth Day of Christmas

Do you remember what happened on the 8th day of Christmas? The 8th day of Christmas, you ask? You mean, eight maids a milking? Nope! On the eighth day of Christmas–after Jesus is born in a humble feeding trough, after the angels sing “Glory to God in the...