Why Everyone Should Have a “Boxing Day” tradition!

- Silly paper hats are a must! Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”Nehemiah 8:10 Today is not going to be an "explainer" post so much as a …

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what’s your “Superhero for Jesus” name?

"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us." 2 Corinthians 4:7 From the outside, Maul-Hall in Wake Forest is a traditional looking house - red-brick and nestled in the trees for all the world like a slice of classic suburbia. But …

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faith and hope rooted in good planting

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me …

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The Christmas Tree, a study in light, life and festive excess

ADVENT DAY 11, THE TREE: (Today's column is the 11th in a series of posts using iconic seasonal symbols as writing prompts). The "Christmas Tree" is a curious tradition. Especially in a home like ours, where our design mantra more typically leans toward, "Less is more." I mean, look at our new kitchen; Simple lines, subway …

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rooted in Jesus – not tradition

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! - 2 Corinthians 5:17 If you read this space often you know that I've quoted this scripture a lot lately. I think it's because - for me - the heart of the gospel message, …

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Christianity: religion or relationship?

If you died with Christ to the way the world thinks and acts, why do you submit to rules and regulations as though you were living in the world? - Colossians 2:20 Today I'm thinking about (one of) the huge double-standards we practice all too often in Christianity. We say we are reborn as children …

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graduating from nostalgia and into life!

It's Christmas Eve. And today is the day I get to find out if my Christmas spirituality is A) all about Jesus, or B) all about tradition. Let me explain. Rebekah has been in ministry now for 31-plus years. This means that today is Christmas Eve #32 since we left graduate school and headed to Trinity …

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Ash Wednesday and the Sacred Rhythm of Lent

Here's today's "Wednesday Video-Blog." Again, it's only 90-seconds. Please feel free to share, and I'm open to any ideas you may have - DEREK oday is "Ash Wednesday," but for the majority of years that I've identified myself as a "Jesus Follower," today was just one more day on the calendar. Why? Because, like many …

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A visit with our sisters and brothers in Palestine

To get into Bethlehem our bus needed to negotiate a couple of checkpoints and then drive through a hole/gate/portcullis in an ugly grey wall topped with barbed-wire. This wall dominates the landscape and likewise dominates the tone of life on the Palestinian side. It's impossible to drive through the wall and then not feel the …

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