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What I want for my grandchildren – and for you

This morning, Marion and I got to see Sophie, Livie and Maddie Rose – our three Kansas City cuties – opening the Christmas gifts that we had ordered for them. The wonder of video technology made it possible for us … Continue reading

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25. December 2016 by Wisdom Hunter
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Are you ready?

Are you ready for Christmas? I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard those words over the past week. Usually people are thinking of external preparations – gifts, cooking, decorating, holiday plans. I have nothing against any of these things … Continue reading

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23. December 2015 by Wisdom Hunter
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Lay down your weapons

Peace on earth. The angelic promise of peace and good will is the theme of countless Christmas cards, carols, sermons, hopes and prayers. Everyone says they want it. Yet the dream of world-wide peace seems as far off as ever. Over … Continue reading

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24. December 2014 by Wisdom Hunter
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Are you ready?

A few days ago, our friend Shannon recounted a wonderful story about her twenty year old son James. Driving to work on a cold December day, he stopped to help a young woman whose car had spun out of control … Continue reading

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21. December 2013 by Wisdom Hunter
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Why I celebrate Christmas

A couple of weeks ago, Marion and I watched the 1984 production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, in which Ebenezer Scrooge is set free from his addiction to greed, and discovers again the joy of celebrating Christmas. Lots of people … Continue reading

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22. December 2011 by Wisdom Hunter
Categories: Apologetics, Basic Principles, Seasonal Thoughts | Tags: , , | 2 comments

Lighting up the neighbourhood

This year I went all-out on Christmas lights.   Well, all-out for me, anyway.  Back in November I took advantage of Home Depot’s special offer on new Christmas lights for customers who bring in their old lights for recycling, and bought … Continue reading

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15. December 2011 by Wisdom Hunter
Categories: Neighbourhood, Reflections on Life, Seasonal Thoughts, Transformation | Tags: , , , | 5 comments

Jolly old St Nicholas

When I was a child, December 5 – St Nicholas Eve – was an important and tremendously exciting date on our family’s holiday calendar.   In the evening, we children sang our songs to Sinterklaas and put our wooden shoes by … Continue reading

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05. December 2011 by Wisdom Hunter
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Letting Jesus shine through the cracks

I grew up in a Dutch immigrant family.  When I was born, my family had been in Canada for only two years, and during the early years of my childhood, the Dutch identity was quite strong.  I grew up speaking … Continue reading

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27. November 2011 by Wisdom Hunter
Categories: Brokenness and Wholeness, Reflections on Life, Seasonal Thoughts | Tags: , , , , | 2 comments

More than a fairy tale

Last night Marion and I had the privilege of participating in a Bar Barakah ceremony for Evan, a young man whose family have become good friends of ours.  Bar Barakah is best described as a Christian Bar Mitzvah – a … Continue reading

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23. December 2010 by Wisdom Hunter
Categories: Eschatology, Seasonal Thoughts | Tags: , , | 2 comments

What I really want for Christmas

“All I have to look forward to is death.” This bleak assessment came from the lips of a middle-aged woman, quoted by her daughter who was frustrated with her mother’s negative outlook on life.   The daughter’s concern was understandable.  No-one … Continue reading

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17. December 2010 by Wisdom Hunter
Categories: Eschatology, Reflections on Life, Seasonal Thoughts | Tags: , , , , , | 2 comments

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