December 30, 2016

A new year will greet us in just two days. That's right: 2016 will only last for under forty-eight hours more, and then 2017 will arrive. New years always begin full of hope and promise. They offer us a proverbial blank slate, a fresh start, a chance to begin anew and...

December 28, 2016

As we wrap up 2016, I want to take time to review what all we've experienced this year. RSCC -- you -- has been through quite a bit: loss of a minister, loss of members, deaths, interim staff, you name it. We endured quite a bit, and we did it by coming together as a c...

December 23, 2016

There's an oft-forgotten verse of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" that goes like this:

O come, thou Rod of Jesse, free

Thine own from Satan's tyranny

From depths of hell thy people save

And give them triumph o'er the grave

Personally, it's my favorite verse of the song. This vers...

December 21, 2016

In our haste to read Luke 2, we often barrel right past the first chapter of that book. We can all quote "In those days, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed." But how many of us have ever memorized "In the sixth month of Eliz...

December 19, 2016

I realize I've already posted one Rudolph-inspired blog, but hear me out. The Island of Misfit Toys is a place for any unusual or unwanted toy to find a home, toys like a Charlie-in-the-box, an ostrich-riding cowboy, and a train with a square-wheeled caboose. Seen as d...

December 16, 2016

It may not actually be snowing today, but I'm still reminded of one of the few things in the Bible having to do with snow. Benaiah son of Jehoiada, one of David's Thirty Mighty Men, has one of the strangest feats attributed to him in all of Scripture. 2 Samuel 23:20 an...

December 14, 2016

My elementary school had what we called the Kinder Derby. Kindergarten kids were given stick horses to race in our own pint-sized Kentucky Derby, running from one end of the gym to the other and back again. I won mine (I used to be fast), and my stick horse won the ros...

December 12, 2016

In the early 1900s, a group of conservative Christians banded together to protect the "fundamentals" of our faith from the liberal theology which tried to get rid of them. These men and women of God rallied together around five key points: the virgin birth of Christ, s...

December 9, 2016

Every Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, that Rankin/Bass classic, goes on repeat. Whether it's on DVD, VHS, ABC Family, or whatever your preferred media acronym is, Rudolph and his shiny nose (so shiny you could even say it glows) appear on the television set....

December 7, 2016

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol was originally published in 1843. Over the last 173 years, it seems to have taken on a life of its own. We call people scrooges, cartoons have their own versions of Tiny Tim regardless of setting, and everyone talks about the ghosts....

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