I’ll Be Home for Christmas, But Many Will Not

In just a few hours I will be hitting the road for Tennessee. This morning, the local news in Raleigh said the security line at the airport was so long it went outside the building and around the corner. It is Christmastime, and that means it is time to head home for the holidays. Going…

From the Archives: The Audacity of Christmas

The following is an excerpt from a previous post. Have you ever noticed that Luke’s telling of Jesus’ birth gets all the face time during Christmas? We always quote the Luke narrative in Christmas pageants and television specials. Why is that? Perhaps its because Matthew’s version gets a little gory. Hundreds of babies are slaughtered in an attempt…

On gift-giving – Part 3

I believe people mean well enough, when it comes to gift-giving that is. However, it is ritual in America, especially around Christmas time. No longer is gift-giving a nice gesture. Instead, the tradition has become an obligation during this season of the year. It seems to me this shift in the essence of gift-giving has…