Archive for 2012

Heartbreaking

By : December 14, 2012

The king was stunned. Heartbroken he wept. 2 Samuel 18.33 The Bible tells us that King David had a heart after the heart of God.  The Bible also tells us that he wept openly on several occasions, notably the death of  Jonathan his best friend and Absalom his son. There are certain situations that are […]

The Christmas Countdown: 11 Days

By : December 14, 2012

Like me, my nephew Jack likes Christmas…a lot.  And he likes Christmas decorations a lot…much to his mother’s exasperation.  Christmas trees, Christmas villages, nutcrackers, snow globes, reindeer, every variety of Santa and lights, lights, lights. The kid has lights everywhere.  Very proud of him. I am taking the days before Christmas to blog about our […]

Christmas Countdown: 12 Days

By : December 12, 2012

Here’s some more on our Christmas celebration at the Maryland State Fair. The Cow Palace, where we’ll be, is huge. So big, in fact, we actually only use half of it. Half is seating, 3800 seats, and the other half is used as a backstage area for ministers and musicians.  Besides the regular seating, there […]

The Countdown to Christmas Begins

By : December 11, 2012

Everyone who knows me knows I am all about Christmas. I love Christmas. And I get to be pastor of THE Christmas Church. I mean, to begin with, we’re named after Christmas. And we have the biggest Christmas celebration of all (OK, St. Peter’s is bigger, and so is Rick Warren’s Church, and probably Cardinal […]

Loving Christmas and Expecting Miracles III

By : December 8, 2012

Ever since we started the miracle series, people have been stopping me, and seeking me out and e-mailing me (a minor miracle in itself, since I am somewhat inaccessible via e-mail). And they’re telling me about miracles…miracles they’re seeing or experiencing just because they’re on the look out for them this season. Apparently there are […]

Loving Christmas and Expecting Miracles Part II

By : December 1, 2012

As I was saying (see previous post), many of the people we meet in the Christmas story (see Matthew chapters 1 & 2 and Luke 1 & 2) are expecting miracles and God keeps sending them.  And maybe those two things are not unrelated (ps: they are related). On the other hand, others in the […]

Loving Christmas and Expecting Miracles Part I

By : November 27, 2012

I will be honest with you. I am not one of those jaded, post-consumer minded anti-holiday bah-humbugs when it comes to Christmas.  I love Christmas, hands down my favorite time of the year. Love it all: the lights, the music, the holiday movies and specials, the gifts, the parties and dinners. Yep, it’s all just […]

Express Gratitude

By : November 21, 2012

Don’t know exactly where I came across the expression, maybe I thought of it myself (unlikely, but possible).  Anyway, I say it all the time, so much so that people around me have taken to saying it too. It goes like this: unexpressed gratitude is ingratitude. Ingratitude is a big problem because what we do […]

Stewardship

By : November 17, 2012

This weekend we are celebrating Stewardship Sunday all weekend long.  It is the one time of the year when we reflect on the financial stewardship of Church of the Nativity. We have been increasingly disciplined about this in recent years, eliminating fundraisers and other distractions from the giving God wants.  We talk about giving that […]

Where the Time Went

By : November 9, 2012

This is a different kind of post: a brief look at my week. Why, you ask? Well, I was thinking, it’s already November. Where does the time go? Here’s where mine went this week. Saturday We successfully hosted our second ever church conference; as noted about 150 people, including our own ministry leaders and others […]