Christmas Encounters (reprised)

(I originally wrote this for Christmas 2006, as the first of four parts looking at the many ways God shows Himself in the Christmas stories. At the heart of the Christian Gospel is the name that the angel gives to Jesus: Emmanuel — God is with us. May you and your loved ones experience the presence ... Continue reading


Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. "Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people." — Luke 2:9,10, NLT He called her a vile name, and ... Continue reading

He humbled himself

We rode all day and most of the night on a series of creaky buses, up and down twisty mountain roads, stopping frequently to pack in more passengers. The final leg into the misty hills was in the cold of night in the back of a flatbed truck, snuggled among dusty sacks of corn. At the end of the ... Continue reading


For the grace of God, which can save everyone, has now become known, and it teaches us to have no more to do with godlessness or the desires of this world but to live, here and now, responsible, honorable and God-fearing lives. And while we live this life we hope and wait for the glorious dénouement ... Continue reading

Blind spots

I am the national poster-boy for cultural illiteracy. Well, maybe that's too harsh. It's probably better to say that I have gaps — blind spots — in my cultural education. I've read Shakespeare, Tolstoy and many of the classics. I know the difference between Mozart, Sting and Andrew Lloyd Webber. I ... Continue reading

Christmas Swing

Mike Laprarie of Mike's Noise is one of many blogging friendships I made at GodBlogCon 2005. Mike loves music, especially music from the 20's and 30's. He collects old 78's and has digitized a terrific sampling of his collection, making them available at his other blog, The Virtual Victrola.Just ... Continue reading

It was like that

On May 29, 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and the Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay fought through ice and snow, exhaustion and bitter cold, to stand together on the summit of Mt. Everest. I remember seeing their photos in National Geographic. They were dressed in heavy parkas, their eyes protected by dark ... Continue reading

Christmas by Jeff Rohlwing

One of the best things about Christmas is the music. I have a pretty eclectic collection, including Bing Crosby, Barbra Streisand, Mannheim Steamroller, Anuna and, of course, Handel's Messiah. Last night I attended a concert where my musical friend, Jeff Rohlwing, performed songs from his ... Continue reading