• Paradise Trees and Radicals

    “The most likely theory is that Christmas trees started with medieval plays. Dramas depicting biblical themes began as part of the church’s worship, but by the late Middle Ages, they had become rowdy, imaginative performances dominated by laypeople and taking place in the open air. The plays celebrating the Nativity...

  • Another Kind of Gift

    For the shepherds, it began as a typical work night. They were at attention in the wilderness as usual.   These were simple, hardworking men who watched over animals with few defense mechanisms, since sheep lack claws or sharp teeth to use in encounters with their predators. These watchers were ever...

  • Drum Your Drum

    The Little Drummer Boy came and played his drum for the newborn King – “pa rup pa pum pum, rup pa pum pum, rup pa pum pum.”  So goes the Christmas song. The boy arrived at the manger without a gift for the King. He felt unworthy until it dawned...

  • Many Thanksgivings

    A friendship features a level of security and many factors determine this. I can list the first 400 of these determiners but lets skip to the real good ones. People who are thankful, truly thankful, have a good chance at longevity. Why? It is because they have a very mature outlook...

  • The Weapons of the Shepherd

    A staff, a sling and a bag – these were the things that David brought to the field of battle. These tools of the shepherd represented his only weapons. Bellowing out threats and curses across the valley was the Philistine giant, Goliath of Gath. For forty days, this beast stomped...