Archive: Dec 2013

  1. Blended Families John 1: 1-18 1 Christmas

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    I recently finished reading Larry Sabato’s excellent book, The Kennedy Half-Century.  In it, Sabato writes in great detail about the Kennedy assassination in Dallas.  He also writes about the lasting impression that John F. Kennedy has made on all subsequent United States Presidents and upon this great nation.  As an opening quote, he cites the […]

  2. Shadows & Light John 1: 1-18 Christmas Day

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    Before my dad retired, he was a science teacher working for the City of Detroit.  Science lessons were always a fact of life in our family as my brothers and I were growing up.  Though my dad was an excellent teacher, it always seemed like cruel and unusual punishment to have to learn something when […]

  3. Going to Bethlehem? Luke 2: 1-20 Christmas Eve 2013

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    I was reminiscing the other day, remembering a Christmas morning many years ago now, when my girls were still young children. They were still little and pretty excited; we’d really had to work at it to get them to bed on Christmas Eve. When we finally got them settled down, Cookie and I were able […]

  4. Joseph’s Decision: A Sermon for the 4th Sunday of Advent

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    Matthew 1: 18-25; 12220213; 4 Advent Thirteen years old.  By many scholarly accounts, that’s how old Joseph was during this story.  Thirteen years old, or perhaps fourteen, to be generous.  Kids grew up fast in those days when there was no delayed adolescence.  Folks didn’t live that long, maybe into their late thirties or early […]