Many denominations use pink candles for the Third Sunday of Advent, known variously as Gaudete Sunday, Rose Sunday, Stirrup (from the collect) Sunday, etc. But perhaps you can try this with your congregation/friends: Q: Why do we have a pink … Continue reading →
The business around here put up the Christmas stuff the same night they took down the Hallowe’en stuff, and then changed the Musak tape to carols. And Bev has already been consulting lists and muttering about getting the Christmas letter … Continue reading →
Humble confession time. I never really enjoy writing the Aha!!! materials for Advent. There are two reasons I’m aware of and perhaps several I’m not.
It’s the first Sunday in Advent, and our church is filling up again. All the regulars are there, of course, but our ranks are swelled by folk who have never been here before. And if the pattern holds, they won’t … Continue reading →
If I claimed to be an athlete, it would stretch your credibility and mine to the point of breaking. But I do have one attribute in common with many famous athletes. I have excellent peripheral vision.
This is pressure time for most preachers. The secular “Christmas season” begins as soon as the frost hits the pumpkin and the Halloween decorations are out of the store. “Do you fight ’em or join ’em?” is the question asked … Continue reading →
Advent is pressure time for most preachers. The secular “Christmas season” begins as soon as the frost hits the pumpkin and the Halloween decorations are out of the store. Do you fight ’em or join ’em? The whole Christmas thing … Continue reading →
Years ago, the mayor of Montreal said that the huge Expo he was promoting could “no more run a deficit than a man can have a baby.” It turns out he was right on both counts. The Expo ran a … Continue reading →
I’ve got this great idea for making a bundle at Christmas. The “Do-it-yourself-Messiah-kit.” Since we tend to create God in our own image anyway, why not help people do what they are going to do anyway. Keep the customer happy. … Continue reading →
Over lunch today, Jim Taylor was telling me about a week he’d just taken at the Vancouver School of Theology listening to theologian Sallie McFague. McFague had been talking about the concept of the universe as the body of God … Continue reading →