A Call For Sharpshooters

A Call For Sharpshooters December 30, 2013  Youmight not realize it, but there are two approaches to expert marksmanship. Thefirst is to train the crosshairs on the exact center of the target, take a deepbreath, exhale about halfway and hold it, and slowly squeeze the...

Missing Christmas

Missing Christmas December 23, 2013  It’s anintriguing and enchanting story, that aspect of the nativity where the wise menvisit the holy family in Bethlehem.Noble magi. Long journey. Mysterious star. Valuable gifts. From ourperspective, it’s an enchanting story. But...

Glorious Good News

Glorious Good News December 16, 2013 It allhappened in a moment.It wasdark. The sheep had bedded down. The shepherds were kicked back on thehillside, captivated by the lights from the little town below. And then, WHAM!The darkness exploded. The angel appeared. And the...

A Pagan Festival or a Christian Holiday

A Pagan Festival or a Christian Holiday December 9, 2013 Was Jesusborn on December 25? Probably not. The Bible doesn’t specify a date or even amonth, but what little evidence we have points to a time for Jesus’ birthsometime in the fall, not the winter....

Why We Observe Advent

Why We Observe Advent December 2, 2013 One of ouryearly traditions at Parker Hills is to observe Advent for the four Sundaysleading to Christmas. Short readings, candle lightings, and a Christmas-themedsermon series are the central features of our tradition. It’s a...