My hometown

It’s amazing how Christmas carols bring back memories. As I was reading through O Little Town of Bethlehem,* I was taken back to the mid-1980s. I was a member in the Arabic Baptist Mission in Fort Worth, Texas, while working toward my Masters in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. It was in this church that … More My hometown

A blooming rose

I remember it like it was yesterday. We were sitting in our apartment in Ankara, Turkey. The month was April, but it had just snowed! We spent two, short months in this precious country shortly after the first Iraq War. Knowing the time was short, we worked hard to love on and share with the … More A blooming rose

All-sufficient merit

Today’s hymn was sung in the church I visited, and I found myself working hard to focus on the words, not wanting my own challenge to you to be lost on me. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus* is another great hymn of advent. Advent means the arrival of a notable person, thing or event, and for those who … More All-sufficient merit

Desire of nations

My dear sister and brother-in-law gave me free tickets to a Christmas concert this past week, and something interesting happened. As I listened to the words of some familiar songs — I started crying — not through the entire concert, but when touched by a particular phrase being sung. I realized the power of the … More Desire of nations