December 20, 2018

The title of this post comes from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and constitutes the last words the dolphins had for humanity prior to the destruction of Earth. (It was later the title of another novel in that series as well.) I've always appreciated it as a whim...

December 18, 2018

Christmas is a happy time, a glad time, for the majority of us. Some, though, face the holiday without a loved one for the first time; indeed, many, many families will see the death of a loved one on Christmas Day itself. We do well to think of such as these with compa...

December 13, 2018

Probably my favorite Christmas carol is "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." It may not be about an angel named Harold who fancied himself a world-class tenor, but I quite like it anyway. Why do I like it? One, I can actually sing it most days (a rarity for Christmas carols...

December 11, 2018

Hanging of the Greens is over, the Christmas play is over, and now we're back to ordinary things. Well, ordinary for Christmastime, I suppose, but ordinary nonetheless. I'd wager most of us are tired -- we've had a long couple of weeks -- and we're grateful for the ret...

December 6, 2018

There seem to be three main approaches to the future. First are the people who are terrified of it, and so they do their best to predict it. Knowing the future is something mankind has tried to do for millennia, as the Greek oracles and biblical prohibitions against di...

December 4, 2018

Our Christmas play will be here on Sunday, and even though I don't know what it's about this year, I'm excited! Everything always comes together to have a great play every year, and I know everyone's been hard at work to make it a great service one more time. We're not...

November 29, 2018

The first day of Advent comes on Sunday. Some people take this more seriously than others. I personally won’t police the songs we’ll sing in worship over the next few weeks to keep out things properly reserved for Christmas, for example, but I do know of pastors who wi...

November 20, 2018

Thursday is Thanksgiving, a day of food, family, and friends. It's the day that we who have been so richly blessed by God will simply slow down and say, "Thank you." This year, though, things won't be normal for countless families. They will, for the very first time, o...

November 15, 2018

The first snow of the season has flurried, according to some of you, thus having everyone give fall a miss and go straight from summer to winter, it seems. Last night we decorated the church for Christmas as best we could, and Saturday we'll box Thanksgiving meals befo...

November 13, 2018

I'm still thinking quite a bit about stories. I don't just mean fairy tales, and I don't just mean fiction in general. I'm talking about all of them, for every story can teach us something worthwhile, fiction or nonfiction. A kerfuffle once arose between me and a woman...

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