A Bold Heart Who Served

Martha deserves better. She’s taken a lot of hits from preachers and teachers over the centuries because of a small bit of Scripture in Luke: “But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to Him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to...

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Santa Claus

A Christian Zealot Santa Claus is a legend born in centuries of imagination, but his origins take us back to a 4th century holy man whose fervor and generosity characterized him as a Christian zealot. Saint Nicholas, bishop of Myra, was born during the persecutions of Diocletian in what is...

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Things Worth Knowing

Ecclesiastes presents itself in our Bibles between Proverbs and Song of Solomon, right in the Wisdom literature neighborhood, set near the Psalms. Its language arrests us because it is so stark. Vanity, all is vanity; so goes the writer’s initial conclusions. This is the “way” of life, to live in...

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A Witness That Speaks Large

Toward the end of the book of Joshua, we read of a conflict that sprung up among the tribes of Israel. At the center of it all was a big altar named “Ed” — “And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad called the altar Ed: for it...

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