Once when I was listening to the radio, the announcer stated that he didn’t feel like it was Christmas; he wondered why he felt that way. He thought maybe it was because the weather was warm or because the stores start setting out Christmas decor so early. (If you don’t live in the U.S., you … Read moreEpiphany: The Traditional End of the Christmas Season
Although Advent is an extremely old Christian tradition, it is relatively new to the evangelical calendar. In fact, I didn’t learn about Advent until I was an adult, and I attended church throughout my teen years! However, these days it’s quite common for American churches of all denominations to have advent wreaths, and many families … Read moreWhy Do Christians Celebrate Advent?
Have you ever noticed that hospitality varies greatly from culture to culture? When I first made friends with people from other countries, I was surprised whenever they offered me food if I was only staying a short time. In fact, I frequently turned the food down because I was uncomfortable; it was so outside my … Read moreHow Do You Define Hospitality?
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.” Lou Holtz, retired American football player This was the answer to a cryptogram puzzle that I once completed. My first reaction was, “Yes, that’s probably true!” and my second was, “That is SUCH an American statement!” Americans, on the whole, are … Read moreDo You Have Too Much Optimism?
This Thursday, April 24, is Holocaust Remembrance Day in the United States (it actually starts at sundown on the 23rd). As the generation that lived through WWII and the Holocaust dies, I think it’s more important than ever that those of us who come after them stop and remember. The problem is that neither I, … Read moreRemembering The Holocaust