On Christmas Eve

Ebeneezer Scrooge is one of the great characters in all fiction and his story In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is told and dramatized every December. It is one of the great morality tales in all of literature. It is also an eloquent articulation of the transformative power of love, which is the heart of […]

Don’t Make Me Come Down There: Part 3

Greetings on this Monday morning before Christmas! We hope you will enjoy the third and final installment of Dr. Buchanan’s sermon, “Don’t Make Me Come Down There,” delivered originally in December 2008. If you haven’t yet caught up with the first two installments they were published here on Hold to the Good last week. We hope you […]

Don’t Make Me Come Down There: Part 2

Greetings! This is the second installment of a three part series to share with you one of Dr. Buchanan’s most popular advent sermons from recent years. Please catch up with part 1 (posted on Wednesday, December 18); join us for this second installment this morning, and check back tomorrow morning for the moving conclusion to […]

TIME Magazine Person of the Year

The thinking of many Protestants about the Papacy is complex and conflicted. The very idea of a single head of the One Universal Church of Christ contradicts what many of us believe about leadership in the Church and what we hold as the God-given right of individuals to participate in decision-making and the choice of […]

Don’t Make Me Come Down There

This sermon, from December 7, 2008, will be posted in three installments.  Dr. Buchanan was eager to share it on Hold to the Good as we make our way through this busy and sometimes chaotic season. May it help you to find a few moments of peace and serve as a timely reminder of that […]

Mandela

Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring justice to the nations. Isaiah 42: 1 You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy”. But I say to you, love your enemies […]

No Ear May Hear Him Coming

The weeks before Christmas are a study in contrasts. On the one hand, our consumer-driven, market economy is in overdrive. Retail business is brisk, store hours are long, shoppers follow sale after sale, looking for bargains. In fact, retail merchants depend on the weeks before Christmas for a positive bottom line at year’s end. I […]