Keeping Christmas well

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been a favorite of mine for years. I remember reading the book for the first time as a kid, and then having Scrooge come to life on screen when I saw George C. Scott play the role in the 1984 adaptation. Each December, I watch The Muppet Christmas Carol…

Christian Educators Unite!

In March I had the pleasure of participating in the Board of Cooperative Ministries’ virtual Leadership Focus conference. One of the sessions I attended was “Collaboratively Creating Virtual Faith Formation,” which shared how a group of Christian Education leaders worked together to create virtual Vacation Bible School and Sunday School content during the pandemic (and…

Should we pass on the plate?

In his book A Better Offering, Rev. Donald Smith invites us to consider our long-held practice of passing an offering plate during worship. He writes: “In today’s modern world, I believe that passing an offering receptacle during worship is a practice that no longer represents the depth and breadth of the offering. It no longer…