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I must go down to the beach again

Solitude is something we all need, and the beach is a place I find it. Except this trip I didn’t.

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3 reasons to believe in Santa

Fantasy is a unique and viable way to think about things that really matter. Like, in this case, generosity and surprise.

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the secret life of Santa

The challenge is not to give people what they think they want, but to try and give them what they don’t yet know they want. Or at the very least, what they don’t remember that they wanted.

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just enough is plenty

We may have set a place for angels, as Abraham did. More likely and better still, we have shared our table with the sons and daughters of God

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celebrating Santa

St. Nicholas’ legacy of generosity is important this time of year, as we learn to think about the gifts we give rather than the ones we receive.

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habits of humiliation

I’m about the habits of humiliation that the student leaders are learning. They’ve turned gifts into obligations, and generosity into duty. I’d hate these people to be running my country. Or my church.

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What kind of multifunction printer would Jesus buy?

Ephesian 5 says my job is to love my wife as Christ loved the church, which is a whole lot. And I understand that Christ did this by laying down his life for her. What’s a few hours compared to that? I just don’t understand how it works.

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I gave at the grocery

Giving so your generosity is announced over the loudspeaker, or engraved on the side a building, has long been suspect. And giving out of embarrassment or pressure is equally suspect.

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