In-CAR-Nation Talk with Me and Wes Magruder

So, this happened… Wes Magruder invited me to be his guest on his “In-CAR-Nation Talk” show…a shameless rip off of both Jerry Seinfeld and James Cordon, where-in we drive around my East Dallas neighborhood, and talk Christmas and Incarnational Theology. It was pretty humorous and pretty fun, and we got to talk about one one […]

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Dear Interfaith Atheist Friends (A Christmas Explainer)

Dear Interfaith and Atheist Friends, A few days back, I was with a Muslim friend who I know well enough to joke about our faith. He said to me, “Can’t you guys do something about the decorations in the stores in October?” I said, “The truth is, we can’t. The Powers That Be have discovered […]

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The Story at the Door

Sometimes the whole story of our faith, our culture, and this great political divide between us all is made manifest in small moments that speak to you…small moments that tell big stories. That happened to me as I stood at the door after worship on Sunday. One of the very first couples of shake my […]

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Tears on the Way Home

I burst into tears on the way home from my bike ride tonight. They were unexpected tears, to be sure. And they had nothing at all to do with the ride. In fact, the ride had been great. For the fifth time this December, I took a ride in some seriously cold weather. Twenty seven […]

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The Light Shines On In the Darkness

Right now, in the garage of Fire Station #6 in Livermore, California, there’s a small, pear-shaped light bulb illuminating this Christmas Eve. That’s not really a spectacular, I suppose. There’s probably a light bulb burning in every fire station the country, this Christmas Eve. Until I tell you one more thing: That same lightbulb has […]

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Christmas In the Trenches

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the still-amazing “Christmas In the Trenches.” Even 100-years down history’s road, it’s an amazing story, and the subject of my December column for the Preston Hollow Advocate. Read it here. And here’s the way I first heard about it…the great song by John McCutcheon. Well worth your time […]

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Jesus Ruins Christmas

A Christmas song from the great David Wilcox. Basically, what would happen if you imagined that Jesus’ entry into the Temple took place during, say, this very week during Christmastime, at a shopping mall near you. Same story, really. Same. Exact. Story. Which is what makes it brilliant. Listen here: Lyrics here. Available as a […]

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The Heart of Christmas is Love

The heart of the Gospel is love. The heart of the Christmas season is love. Love is the final driver, the final goal –the first, last, and middle command– for all of us who follow Christ. In the Christmas season, we celebrate this love of God for us, as made manifest in the birth of […]

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