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Better Together

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” —Helen Keller    Have you ever wondered why Jesus gathered his followers into a learning, serving, worshipping community? Didn’t Jesus know how difficult people are to get along with and how unappealing church...

Good Gathers Good

“You’re doing more good than you know.” M. Norvel Young “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21 I’m a guy who likes an apt phrase or a pithy saying, particularly if it captures a truth about life in a simple and memorable way. Here are...

What If Jesus Had Never Come?

One of my favorite Christmas films is Frank Capra’s 1946 classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life.” My family and I watched it many times as I was growing up. Call me sentimental if you must, but I can’t help but grow misty eyed when protagonist George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart),...

How Would You Do It Better?

“Criticize by creating.” – Michelangelo There are several variations of the above saying, attributed to Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti. One is, “I criticize by creating something beautiful.” The Roman statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero said, “I criticize by...

Ho Ho Hold On Just A Second!

 “Abstaining, for a moment, from the clamor of compulsive jollification, and instead leaning into the reality of human tragedy and of my own need and brokenness, allows my experience of glory at Christmastime to feel not only more emotionally sustainable but also more...

High Q.O.L.; Low S.W.B

“I, the Teacher, when king over Israel in Jerusalem, applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven; it is an unhappy business that God has given to human beings to be busy with. I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and...