A Dozen Pre-Christmas Hacks (2019 Edition)

A Dozen Pre-Christmas Hacks We all know Christmas events and family gatherings can be stressful.  I get it.  Drama wrapped in beautiful paper and adorned with a bow is still drama.  But I want to suggest that they don’t have to be terrible.  In fact, they can be pretty good…even wonderful!   Like anything else inContinue reading “A Dozen Pre-Christmas Hacks (2019 Edition)”

My Constant Temptation (is to just check out)

My constant temptation is to simply check out. Cash it in, retire, unplug, disconnect, disappear into the Smoky Mountains with Melissa and a Bible and have no idea who becomes President in the next election. The troubled state of the world, our unsettled country and divisions within my denomination make me sad. Not mad, justContinue reading “My Constant Temptation (is to just check out)”

How to Own Christmas Week (and stay sane doing it)

 So it is Christmas week!  Here are a baker’s dozen practical ways to help you own the next few days! Finish up your shopping The week before Christmas is crazy at the retail centers and you don’t want to be at the mercy of the mail to deliver an on-line order before the wire.  Finish up. Continue reading “How to Own Christmas Week (and stay sane doing it)”

A Story About Re-Conversion

I am releasing some Christmas stories from my books. This version was in “Exactly as I Remember it.” There will forever be an empty chair at our table. Our unborn son Liam would have been 21 this year. I would have loved to have had the chance to be his dad. A Story About Re-ConversionContinue reading “A Story About Re-Conversion”

A Place to Stand as the Holidays Near

My constant temptation is to simply check out. Cash it in, retire, unplug, disconnect, disappear into the Smoky Mountains with Melissa and a Bible and have no idea who becomes President in the next election. The troubled state of the world, our unsettled country and divisions within my denomination make me sad. Not mad, justContinue reading “A Place to Stand as the Holidays Near”

Resting in Christmas

One of the greatest life-challenges for me is moving past “things are not all as I wish they were.” The main reason is because “things are not all as I wish they were.” Especially at Christmas. I think the hack here is to focus on what you do have and not what you don’t. ToContinue reading “Resting in Christmas”

Seven Christmas Week Hacks (how to stay sane at Christmas)

  Seven Christmas Week Hacks So it is Christmas week!  Here are some practical Christmas Hacks to help you navigate the hustle and bustle of the next five days! Slow it down Don’t fly through things. Think of Christmas like a great steak and not a bad hamburger.  Savor every bite.  Christmas is way tooContinue reading “Seven Christmas Week Hacks (how to stay sane at Christmas)”

Choosing Peace

Choosing Peace That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring greatContinue reading “Choosing Peace”

Dealing with People who Disappoint (At Christmas)

Dealing with People who Disappoint  It is 100% certain that you will be dealing with people who have disappointed you during this Christmas season (even if you are spending it alone).  When we are around people who have disappointed us in one way or the other, a myriad of emotions threaten to overwhelm us.  Particularly ifContinue reading “Dealing with People who Disappoint (At Christmas)”

Rev. Shane’s Christmas Scheduling Hacks

As the Sr. Pastor of what sociologists call a megachurch, I cannot imagine many people who have a more aggressive December schedule than I do.  In December we do everything we do the other eleven months and then add ten to twelve additional worship services.  In addition, there are family commitments, Christmas parties and socialContinue reading “Rev. Shane’s Christmas Scheduling Hacks”