The Bible and Christmas
Posted on December 28, 2014

I usually write and submit my blogs several weeks before they appear. That means that sometimes things burst upon the national or international scenes after a blog for a particular week has long been composed. So, what I write is usually somewhat more general than specific, more biblical/psychological than topical/immediate (in the sense of breaking news).

Poem of Advent
Posted on December 21, 2014

Long, long ago in Bethlehem
Was born to all a caring Friend
Who understands the paths we go
The winding roads of pain and woe
Which seem before us without end

He knows our roads for He did climb
The same steep pathways in His time
He knew the pains of loss and grief
When hurt was long and joy was brief
When life seemed angry, rarely kind

And yet He walked a road of hope
With vision of a broader scope
Than we mere mortals sometimes have
When dreams collapse and systems cave
He found a way to climb the slope

The way was faith in God’s own power
To enter and redeem our hour
Of fear or pain or human strife
A God with power o’er all life
And thus He did not fall or cower

And that is Advent’s song for us
A song of victory and trust
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Within our hearts and world to dwell
Your light to fall as angel’s dust (MBB, 12/10/2014)

Bedlam of Bethlehem
Posted on December 14, 2014

Prince of Peace. We’ve been talking about that every Sunday in Advent. Our theme has been Advent: A Season of Waiting, and we continue to say Sunday by Sunday that in our world, we wait eagerly (sometimes urgently) for a Prince of Peace to arrive. Ferguson, Staten Island, Syria, Kenya, North Korea, Russia, Ukraine, situations of abuse involving women or children or the elderly, kids reared in poverty, guilt, remorse, the list goes on and on. Both Jeremiah and Ezekiel referred to a world that “cries peace when there is no peace.” And so, taking stock of this world of ours, we wait and wonder and worry and weep.

Advent 2014
Posted on December 7, 2014

In December we begin hearing all the predictable clichés of the season, some a bit tired and overused, but many still filled with deep meaning. One that should never be lost is: “Jesus – the reason for the season."