The Misunderstood InnKeeper

I have gotten a bad rap. I’m not even in Luke’s version of the nativity story and yet, in Christmas pageant after Christmas pageant for the last 2000 years, I’m made out to be the bad guy. I mean, I’m no Herod, but still…I don’t come off looking good. Somehow, I became the guy who turned poor Joseph and great-with-child Mary away from the inn so that her baby had to ...

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Feel Good Friday #77

This Feel Good Friday is coming to you from the Newark airport as my daughter and I wait on standby at an overflowing airport because our confirmed flight yesterday was cancelled. There is a not a confirmed seat to be had until Sunday. Of course, we weren't the only ones affected, so we spent yesterday trying to get out of the airport surrounded by people trying to do the same ...

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Five Mantras to Get You Through Christmas

This year, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is one of the shortest ever. So you barely have time to finish off those leftovers before the Christmas onslaught begins. While many of you will have wonderful holiday experiences and make lasting heart-warming memories, time with family does not always (often?) look like something out of a Hallmark Christmas movie. There are bad histories, old grudges and deeply held resentments ...

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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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