January 20, 2018

Mary and the Contemplative Life

By Chaplain Mike “But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). The American evangelical church is renowned for its activism. We are a “can do” people, and in the Christian context that often means we see ourselves as “saved to serve.” We commend “being about the Lord’s business,” and value […]

Shepherds and the Doctrine of Vocation

By Chaplain Mike As I outlined yesterday, in Luke’s Christmas story (Luke 2:1-20) there are six verbs describing the actions of the shepherds in response to the Good News the angels spoke to them. The shepherds went (with haste). They found. They saw. They made known the saying that had been told them. They returned. […]

Christmas I: An Ordinary, Humble Story Set on a Great Stage

By Chaplain Mike In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to […]

Merry Christmas!

See, amid the winter’s snow, Born for us on Earth below, See, the tender Lamb appears, Promised from eternal years. Hail, thou ever blessed morn, Hail redemption’s happy dawn, Sing through all Jerusalem, Christ is born in Bethlehem. Edward Caswell, 1851

An Ordinary Night

By Chaplain Mike It was an ordinary night. If you stop to think about it, how could it have been anything else? Days and nights proceed in a generally predictable fashion. Things happen in this world. Some of those things take your breath away, true, but most of the time even the most remarkable, awe-inspiring […]