Freedom and Remembrance

2 Jul 2018

This week we mark the 242nd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  From every waterslide, let freedom ring!  In addition to water sports, we will be celebrating fireworks, hot dogs, ice cream, BBQ, patriotic politicians and red-white-and-blue.  And in the midst of all of this celebration, it is easy to forget to remember what it is all about. The children of Israel could certainly identify!  God repeatedly reminded them to remember what

Independence Day

5 Jul 2016

Today is the 5th of July.  I hope your celebration of the 4th included ice cream, hot dogs, swimming pools, fireworks and many other common ways we celebrate “Independence Day”.  But as we celebrated yesterday, I also noticed that our culture seems far more focused on the three-day weekend celebration than on the liberties we often take for granted.  If Rip Van Winkle were to awake again two centuries after his “brief” two-decade nap, what

Entering Into Advent

As I write this we are approaching the second Sunday of Advent according to the church calendar. I have not always thought of the yearly cycle in these terms. I grew up in a secular household that relegated religion to holidays characterized mostly by Santa and the Easter Bunny. Even after responding consciously to God's call on my life as an adult, I continued for some time to order my life around the secular calendar.