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The Good Friday on which I truly mourned

The Good Friday on which I truly mourned

Good Friday is a difficult holiday. Like Yom Kippur, it’s not something one “celebrates.” It’s something one “observes.” Tenebrae services are somber, yet once they are over, it’s easy to go home and return to “normal” life. That day, and the day that follows, should be ones of solemn contemplation. Yet we get up and […]

Thinking About Easter

Thinking About Easter

Spring is my favorite season. I hate being cold. I would much rather be too hot than too cold. Oh, I know, I’ve heard all the arguments about how you can always put on more layers but you can only take so much, and I’ve heard the explanations of how pretty the snow is, and […]

What We Can Do About Poverty

What We Can Do About Poverty

During the Lenten season, we’ve had a series of Wednesday night courses at church. I took a course based on a DVD series produced by a nonprofit called Poverty Cure. This series spends little time looking at the causes of poverty and instead focuses on the conditions necessary for prosperity. As we watched this series, […]

The Great Christian Spec-Fic Debate

The Great Christian Spec-Fic Debate

There has been a lot of debate lately among Christian Spec-Fic authors about the Christian Spec-Fic market, how it relates to the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), the secular market, and the market in general, and how the genre as a whole is failing. There are those who, as Ben Wolf detailed in this post, […]

On the Feast of Stephen

On the Feast of Stephen

Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen, When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even Most of us in the Protestant tradition have long ignored Saint Stephen’s feast day. It’s today, December 26. We do remember Stephen himself, of course. He’s first mentioned in Acts 6:5, when he is […]

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

America has two Christmases

America has two Christmases

It’s that time of the year, when we start hectoring our neighbors about “Jesus being the reason for the season” and “keeping the Christ in Christmas.” My question is whether we’ve already lost this fight. On Monday, the Swagbucks site asked in its daily poll whether people like Christmas music. In the comments, one person […]