Dec. 29 - Make Revolutionary
Resolutions This Year - "Our annual obsession with resolutions to
lose weight and shed debt signals the degree to which consumption is
hard-wired into our culture that promotes high living on the edge of
solvency as an entitlement."
Dec. 22 - Merry Christmas! - "Be sure to take time this week, a
whirlwind for pastors and congregational leaders, to count your blessings. Not
just those under the tree, but the really important ones: Family, health,
freedom from dire need that afflicts millions on our globe. Most of all, God's
gift in Jesus. Our Savior, our dawn, our light in the darkness, our guide in
the way of peace."
Dec. 8 - Unplug the Christms Tree - "Funny how year after year our culture
celebrates Christmas with schizophrenic clarity. On the one hand, we love
how Ebenezer Scrooge, George Bailey, the Grinch, Charlie Brown and other
timeless characters remind us that the true meaning of Christmas is found
not in money, but rather in the joy, love, happiness and security that comes
in loving community. On the other hand, we max out our credit cards and
drive ourselves crazy looking for the "perfect" gift for people who don't
Dec. 1 - Crunch Time for Charities - "The poor economy whacks
charities with a double whammy: It impoverishes families who then seek
assistance from nonprofits, but it also dries up charitable donations as
would-be benefactors tighten their belts."
Nov. 24 - A Thankful Response to Abundance - " Finding enough food is no longer a
major concern, but obesity is. Most of us actually have to work at not
consuming too much. We count calories, go on Atkins or the South Beach Diet,
work out at the gym, limit our sweets, and on and on -- and still our
waistlines expand. "
17 - Our Season of Happiness (!?) - "Can you believe
next week is Thanksgiving? So begins the annual six-week ride on the
tilt-a-wheel of life known as the holidays, which many people say
is their happiest time of the year."