Author Archives: rsmithsanclemente

Let’s keep Christ in the Easter egg basket!

Over the centuries, especially since the Enlightenment, it’s become fashionable to debunk or disprove Christianity—or, more recently (“recent” could mean anytime over the last century and more), simply to tailor and remodel various elements of the Bible, Extreme Makeover-style, to … Continue reading

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Far cloud sea

Soft sight caught on the road home dark leaden midnight expanse unexpected silver pearl light dim glimmers, nebulous pools host of lights in silent ballet at their heart now see the silver pearl this dance slow rolling now like swells … Continue reading

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Ex-Xmas

The day after Christmas angel choirs have retired shepherds back to their flocks new parents reeling to grasp what happened a child whom angels sing poops his swaddling clothes There will come harrowing days more strange visits, flee from threats … Continue reading

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The Magi and the mall

This is the time of year (approaching Christmas, in case you’re reading this at any other time of year) when Christian believers celebrate traditions both new and old, including one of the most venerable of all: The tradition of bemoaning … Continue reading

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Silent night

Out walking late at night—calm, still air, crisp enough to keep you alert, bright under a near-full moon—not a sound but my shoes soft crunching on the street, nothing else moving (if you don’t count my über-spazzy little Jack Russell, … Continue reading

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Peace on Earth. War on Christmas!

Oh sure, everyone is all distracted by the ongoing, and at this rate never-ending, War on Farts that is raging in distant parts of the world to make sure that a condition that could rise up anywhere on Earth, at … Continue reading

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Adventure (not the theme park kind)

The Christian church is accustomed to calling this time of year (the run-up to Christmas) Advent, from the Latin for “arrival” (like your plane about to land). From God’s standpoint, of course, it could just as well be called Departure, … Continue reading

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