On the hyperlinked Name

I just activated a Twitter account.  My entry into that social medium has been quite befuddling—not sure what I am to post or what to look for in the posts of others.  A new book project is now in the works with Cascade Books on media and theology, so I decided to indulge myself with…

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Coffee in Durham, England

Today (Saturday) is the first day of Christmas Break for the Byers family in England.  It’s close to noon and the four kids are still in pajamas.  Except for the three-year old who decided his morning would be more fun in just is Thomas the Tank Engine skivvies.  Odd, since the rest of us are…

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Joy to the World

The familiar hymn says, “Joy to the World, the Lord has come.” If you’re like me, you pass over these words as if they were no big deal. But wait a second. Our God — holy, living, true, glorious, high and exalted — came? The Word became flesh and….dwelt. among. us? So, Let earth receive…

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Advent Calendars, Kids, & the Need for Jesus to Come

A dear friend of mine gave my family an Advent calendar five years ago.  It is a special delight, this calendar, with its tiny little cabinets storing various characters of the Nativity scene.  Grasping the tiny nob on the tiny doors to pull out a sheep or an angel and then carefully hanging that sheep…

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