Affirming Our Identity

The Boy Jesus in the Temple

~ Luke 2:41-52 ~ My first job out of college was with an evangelistic youth ministry in Denver, CO, called “Youth for Christ.” I worked in the Youth Guidance program in which teens on probation were referred to me through the juvenile court system. I was a street worker in … Read More

A Welcome Respite

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~ Christmas Eve 2015 ~ There’s an old Irish custom in which each household would leave a lighted candle in their window on Christmas Eve. Indeed, it is a custom many still follow today. There was this belief that Joseph and Mary and the Child still wandered the roads of … Read More

We Are All Mary

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~ Luke 1:39-55 ~ About nine months before Christmas day, Mary went to see her cousin, Elizabeth. Mary told Elizabeth about the visit from the angel Gabriel. Luke’s Gospel then says, “…and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among … Read More

Worthy Fruit

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~ Luke 3:7-18 ~ We live in a time of outrageous rhetoric; indeed, a time of dangerous rhetoric. Intended to provoke, rile up, get people downright angry, such speech is flying around all over the place. TV and radio talk show hosts, politicians, candidates for president, one especially, who shall … Read More

Keeping It Real

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Luke 3:1-6/Luke 1:68-79 The BBC commentator described it quite succinctly: “Just another day in the United States of America. Another day of gunfire, panic and fear.” Thus, yet another mass shooting, this time in San Bernardino, assaulted our world. Linda and I have friends who live in Redlands who have … Read More