Thanksgiving in Prison

November 24, 2016 at 12:41 pm

“I am disappointed that I am so weak. I feel at the point of failure” The words repeated themselves several times throughout the letter, punctuated with additional confessions of panic attacks, depression, hopelessness, loneliness and fear.   The letter was sent from a fellow colleague in ministry, and had I not […]

A Christmas Carol for Refugees

December 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm

As we enter into the season of Advent our family has chosen to return to the Charles Dicken’s classic A Christmas Carol for our bedtime reading. In many ways the story is so familiar that is scarcely needs any explanation. And yet, I have also found that the retelling (and retelling, and […]

The Unpreachable Santa

December 19, 2014 at 6:06 pm

     I once learned a valuable lesson in the pulpit; of all the places in the world in which it remains offensive to declare, “Santa is not real,” Sunday worship still manages to rank fairly high.         To be fair I did not begin my sermon with […]