The Death of Spontaneity

Remember back when there were no cell phones? We had land lines, but often my friends would just come by and ring the door bell, and I often found myself on my bike, riding 30 minutes to my friend’s house, only to be turned away because he wasn’t home. If he was, we’d hang out. For all the technology we now have, I think we have regressed in our spontaneity and are worse off for it.
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Hospitality and Discipleship

Last week I wrote about the Logistics of Hospitality. The article focused on inviting someone to share a meal, which is certainly hospitality. But the definition of hospitality can (and should) be expanded beyond just sharing meals, as a tool of discipling others.
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Logistics of Hospitality

Do you want to be more hospitable, but don’t really know where to start? We are certainly not hospitality experts, but if us two introverts can figure this out, so can you. Let’s look at some of the logistics of hospitality.
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2020 Review & 2021 Goals

What was 2020 like for me? And what are my goals in 2021? If you have been reading along for a while, you already know what 2020 was like, so I won’t rehash details here and just note some higher level things. My 2021 goals are probably not very exciting, but I’ll outline them here as well.
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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you and yours, and a Happy New Year!

A Christmas Long, Long Ago

“Go to church, you’ll get a candle and a sweet roll,” my Mom says. “And you’ll be out of the apartment so we can finish all the decorating.” She doesn’t say the last part, but it is implied. For most of Christmas Eve, my Mom disappears into the living room, separated from the rest of the apartment by its own door. The murky glass of the door and its key hole were covered up after some clever kids discovered they still allowed peeking. Not this year. Besides some minimal decorations in other rooms or the Advent wreath, nothing has been decorated for Christmas yet: No tree, no ornaments, no wrapped presents. It is blind anticipation. The best kind.
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Christmas Sights & Smells

What I miss most about Christmas in Germany is the Christmas markets: Hot chocolate, candied nuts and Gl├╝hwein bonbons, baked fish in a roll or a plate of steaming soup. It is a feast for the senses, though unfortunately one foreign here in the States, forcing us to be creative in making the most of the season.
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Christmas Centered on the Word

Over the next few weeks, I’d like to share some of our Christmas traditions with you. Advent and Christmas are my favorite time of the year, bar none. It is an experience of the all the senses, but it must start with God’s word.
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We Are Not Alone

Happy Thanksgiving! My family has much to be thankful for, even in crazy 2020. We definitely had to scale back the celebrations, but it was as enjoyable as I can remember a Thanksgiving being. Maybe you were able to spend the day with family, too. Or maybe you were alone, and the day passed with only constant reminders of that. But, Christian, you are not alone. Let’s look to the Scriptures for encouragement.
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He Was Obedient

For the last few months I have been camping out in the gospels for my daily reading. I found that it helps me get to know individual books better if I read them repeatedly—who would have thought? Finishing Matthew, I was struck anew by Jesus' obedience in the Garden of Gethsemane: obedience, not to the Father, but to the Scriptures. They are, obviously, one and the same, but the emphasis surprised me. Let’s unpack Matthew 26:52ff.
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