Month: December 2019

They grow up so fast, don’t they?  It seems like only a few days ago that we were waiting in holy anticipation for God to come into the world; a baby in a manger, hungry and thirsty and naked, weak and in danger and in desperate need of someone to care for him, born to parents who were far from home and unable to find a room for the night. And now it is the Sunday after Christmas. Now it is four days after Christmas. Now it is many years after Christmas. And we read that Jesus—who was a…
Tonight is Christmas Eve, today is the last day of Advent, the season when we look forward to God coming into the world: long ago, as a baby, among a dispossessed people in an occupied land and on a day no one knows, in triumph and glory, to usher in the kingdom of God. And on Christmas Eve—on the last day of Advent—we light a candle and we tell a story. And the story starts like this: God loved the world this way. God called the worlds into being, and planted a garden, and saw that it was good…
Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent, the season when we look forward to God coming into the world: long ago, as a baby, among a dispossessed people in an occupied land and on a day no one knows, in triumph and glory, to usher in the kingdom of God. Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent, when we light a candle for love. I need to preface this a little bit. I am bad with names. It takes me a while to learn a new person’s name. And even after I’ve learned it, if I’m put on the…
In all of the commotion about impeachment and an impending Senate trial, a story flew under the radar. President Trump recently paid $2 million in damages for misusing charitable money. That $2 million is going to eight charities. In addition, the Trump Foundation is dissolving (it’s $1.7 million in remaining assets going to the same charities), the President’s future charitable endeavors in New York will be under ongoing supervision by the New York Attorney General’s Office, and the Trump children must undergo compulsory training on how to not misuse charitable funds. (Washington Post, NPR, AP, USA Today) In 2016,…
Today is the second Sunday of Advent, the season when we look forward to God coming into the world: long ago, as a baby, among a dispossessed people in an occupied land and on a day no one knows, in triumph and glory, to usher in the kingdom of God. Today is the second Sunday of Advent, when we light a candle for peace. There is a room in Building 87 of the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, where there is next to no sound. A chainsaw makes noise at about 109 decibels (dB). Regular, prolonged, unprotected exposure for more than…
This is sort of a reworking of this earlier post: Why You Shouldn’t Worry So Much about #GivingTuesday. Every mid- to late-October when I was fundraiser, I would start seeing posts about #GivingTuesday. There are a lot of people who would love to give you—or, probably more often, sell you—advice about how to make this year’s #GivingTuesday the best #GivingTuesday ever. And they all use the hashtag. Giving Tuesday is a weird little holiday that started in 2012. It’s not even a decade old and it has caught on like wildfire in the nonprofit community. Almost every organization that…
Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the season when we look forward to God coming into the world: long ago, as a baby, among a dispossessed people in an occupied land and on a day no one knows, in triumph and glory, to usher in the kingdom of God. Today is the first Sunday of Advent, when we light a candle for hope. And, I’ll be honest, I’m… conflicted… about hope. A few years ago, I was working with an organization that was trying to choose a new mission statement. They wanted something short, punchy, and memorable; something they could use…

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