DIY Christianity versus Sacramental Faith

[This episode is adapted from the Walking an Ancient Path blog post “A Family of Faith, Spiritual and Real,” published on October 23, 2019] I was standing in the lunch line about 12 years ago at a Christian writers’ conference, chatting with a former professional comic. I asked him about his church, and he told me that he and his wife often attend “Bedside Baptist” on Sunday mornings. It took me a…

A Countercultural Christmas Carol

[This is an updated version of a blog post from 2018] Are you thinking about Christmas right now? I know I’m not. For once I have done quite a bit of advance shopping, but that’s so I can pack gifts in my bag when I go to visit my daughter and son-in-law in a few days. It’s mostly a matter of time management—it’s certainly not a spiritual exercise. The stores have been…