The Work of Christmas Begins

When the song of the angels is stilled,When the star in the sky is gone,When the kings and the princes are home,When the shepherds are back with their flocks,The work of Christmas begins:To find the lost,To heal the broken,To feed the hungry,To release the prisoner,To rebuild the nations,To bring peace among people,To make music in the heart. Howard Thurman.

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My Favorite Christmas Song

I'm so excited that there is a fairly new live version of my favorite Christmas song, sung by Dar Williams. It's about literally welcoming people to the table, which is my favorite image of what the Kingdom of God is like.  If we can't welcome those who don't believe exactly what we do, especially at Christmas, then we're kinda missing the boat trying to be more like Jesus.  May you welcome ...

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Feel Good Friday #23

Every Friday, Doubting Believer brings you things to read, watch or listen to that are sure to make you smile. Because we all could use a little good news. This is my all-time favorite SNL Holiday sketch. It's funny because it's true.  It may be funnier to clergy and church staffers than it is to church goers, but John's Christ's latest is on point.  Santa is using technology to reach kids in the ...

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The Rebel Jesus

Are you awaiting the Rebel Jesus?  The streets are filled with laughter and lightAnd the music of the seasonAnd the merchants' windows are all brightWith the faces of the childrenAnd the families hurrying to their homesAs the sky darkens and freezesWill be gathering around the hearths and tablesGiving thanks for all God's gracesAnd the birth of the rebel Jesus They call him by the "Prince of Peace"And they call him by "The ...

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Feel Good Friday #20

Every Friday, Doubting Believer brings you things to read, watch or listen to that are sure to make you smile. Because we all could use a little good news. Since this is Black Friday, today edition of Feel Good Friday is all about classic and brand new holiday ads that give us all the feels. Kraft Mac and Cheese told the truth this Thanksgiving. This has really been making the rounds on social ...

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Getting Ready to Get Ready

Now is the time (as you recover from your Thanksgiving food coma) to be intentional about creating a meaningful Advent and Christmas season for yourself and the people you love. Join us. Sign up here for the free mini course, Getting Ready to Get Ready. Isn't a better Christmas worth 15 minutes a day for five days? Sign up today. 

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Best Thanksgiving Movies

If you're too full after Thanksgiving to move and go out to the movies, here are a few to view in-home. Pieces of April is not just my favorite Thanksgiving movie, but one of my favorite movies of all time. It's a tale of redemption. My husband tells me I think everything is a tale of redemption--but this story truly is. Planes, Trains and Automobiles has been out there for awhile, but, ...

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Doubting Believer Favorite Christmas Songs Installment Three

Maybe this Christmas Ron Sexsmith captures what we all hope for at Christmas. Maybe this will be the year. The one where we access everything we truly want out of Christmas. Maybe... If this kind of Christmas is the one you've been seeking, then don't leave it to chance. Don't just hope for "maybe." Love deeper Choose to forgive Open Doors Shine the light Be grateful Participate in the incarnation by letting the Word be ...

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