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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...

Love is the Goal!

For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”...

I Want it All!

From times ancient to modern, greedy characters have populated our legends, stories, and films, from King Midas to Gordon Gecko (Wall Street), from Ebenezer Scrooge to Henry Potter (It’s a Wonderful Life), from the Pardoner (Canterbury Tales) to Mr. Krabs (SpongeBob...