Epiphany

epiphany ɪˈpɪf(ə)ni,ɛ-/ noun the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12). a moment of sudden and great revelation or realization.   Today is a holiday in Italy. It is Epiphany or “Epifania,” the celebration of the wise men coming to worship the Christ-child. Sometimes I can be really slow…

How Santa Is Like Jesus

Years ago, while listening to some classic Christmas songs, the thought occurred to me that Santa and Jesus have a lot in common. I was listening to songs like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “Here Comes Santa Claus.” I grew up learning about Santa from songs like these and from watching classics Christmastime…

The Innkeeper

I’ve been thinking a lot about the innkeeper lately. You know, the one that supposedly turned Joseph and Mary away? I was just listening to some Christmas music and in the course of about an hour’s time, I heard the innkeeper mentioned at least three times. Every time he was painted in a negative light.…

Buone Feste!

    I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas season and wish you and yours a very happy new year!     Tanti Auguri!  (Best wishes!)          For those who haven’t heard, I will be heading back to California in just over a week. The hope is to be home for…

Free Flight

In the fall of my second year at Multnomah I received a wedding invitation from one of my closest friends from high school. He and a number of other friends from our high school youth group were attending The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, CA and it was there he met his beautiful bride. Going…