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Imma Let You Finish But: The Problem with Interrupting Mary

A few days ago writer D.L. Mayfield wrote in The Washington Post about the power of Mary's Magnificat -- and the all-too-common silencing of Mary, particularly in white evangelical environments. When it comes to the Magnificat, the song proclaimed by Mary while she was pregnant with Jesus, today's public usages of the passage often end… Continue reading Imma Let You Finish But: The Problem with Interrupting Mary

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On Grandpas and Books and the Ministry of Presents

A few weeks ago, I wrote here about visiting my maternal grandma in the hospital. In today's similarly-titled post, we get the story of visiting my paternal granddad at his home near Oklahoma City last weekend. (The significance of attending to the illness and aging of family alongside the joy and birth of the Christmas… Continue reading On Grandpas and Books and the Ministry of Presents

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The Gift of Advent

As a kid, I'm pretty sure Advent meant little more to me than the chocolate-filled calendars that Grandmother sent over around Thanksgiving (which I've since learned to be liturgically inaccurate, as they tend to start on December 1st regardless of whether that's the actual first Sunday of Advent). There was an Advent wreath off to… Continue reading The Gift of Advent

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And He Shall Be Called Wonderful Counselor

Some people picture God as an old man with a beard. William Paul Young in The Shack¬†pictured God as an African-American woman.¬†Christmas reminds us that we can -- and should -- picture God as a baby in a manger. As for me? I often picture God as a counselor. A lady in a turtleneck, maybe… Continue reading And He Shall Be Called Wonderful Counselor