Monthly Archives: December 2011

  • Christmas

    A woman wished me a merry Christmas on Tuesday of last week. I was out for breakfast with my son for his birthday. We passed as I was getting my coffee, if I remember correctly. She had just gotten hers. She had a red sweater on because that is what you wear during this time, sometimes green ones too. I think she had a pin that said, “Jesus is the Reason for the Season”. I have no firsthand knowledge of this, but I would bet that she probably had a bumper sticker on her car that said, “Keep Christ in Christmas.” I cannot be sure of this woman’s motives or of the others who have said the same things, but I usually feel like I am being evangelized when people wish me a Merry Christmas. Whatever. That’s unrelated to where … Read More »

  • Practicing the Kingdom: Hospitality

    Last week we had one of those interesting confluences in our morning worship service. The NT reading and the OT sermon text overlapped at a level that was hard to miss. This is interesting because our NT reading is basically lectio continuum—a straight reading of books—and our OT sermon is expository in nature—a sequential preaching through books. Which is to say, this is interesting because I didn’t plan it like that. In our OT sermon we noticed the hospitality of Lot and the lack of hospitality of the wicked Sodomites (Gen. 19). Similarly, in Romans 12 we read together these words, “Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality” (12:13). In addition to those texts I was personally confronted last week with a man whose home was open wide and whose table seemed to always have … Read More »