Grace Notes

There were two grace notes that lifted my spirit in an otherwise dreary weekend in Chicago. It’s been in the upper 40’s and 50’s and raining. This morning, to make matters even more unpleasant, a thick fog rolled in from the lake. The gloomy weather reflects my state of mind as I read about the […]

No Story So Divine

Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow… Lamentations 1:12 For as long as I can remember I have been acutely aware of the conflict Christians experience during Holy Week. Long gone are the days when the culture acknowledged the sanctity of […]

Humble and Riding on a Donkey

If there is anything better than a large group of children of all ages on Palm Sunday, marching down the center aisle of the church waving palm branches while the congregation sings the great Palm Sunday hymn, “All Glory, laud and Honor To Thee Redeemer King, To whom the lips of children Made sweet hosannas […]

People of the Book

I am disappointed at the way Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, one of the leading Evangelical Christian colleges in the country, is dealing with Political Science Professor Larycia Hawkins. Hawkins announced on Facebook that she was wearing a Hijab during Advent to show solidarity with Muslim sisters and brothers. She went on to explain that Muslims […]

The Virtue of Hope

We have to offer our apologies for failing to post this lovely reflection on hope, baseball, and the social politics of our beautiful city of Chicago. John penned these words several months ago now, in the midst of the dog days of summer. We hope it will remind you of those warmer times and the fact that […]

Reading Fiction and the Lessons of History

Sometimes it seems that reading a novel is an unnecessary luxury, a frivolous waste of time. The antidote to that questionable conclusion is a good novel you can’t put down, continue reading late into the night, even find yourself structuring your day so that you can get back to reading. It happened to me recently […]

Eastertide

The message and meaning of Easter continue long after the day and its wonderful customs and celebrations are over. Christians observe a small Easter every Sunday when we gather to worship on the first day of the week, Resurrection Day. The ancient church designated the time after Easter Day as Eastertide or the Season 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 […]

Keeping a Good Thanksgiving: Part 2

Part 2: A “Perfect Meal” Thanksgiving requires people and it requires good food. That’s first. The second important idea in our text is “Hooray for the Pumpkin Pie!” The problem with that is that you and I live our lives miles away from our food. Earlier harvest festivals were celebrated by people who did the […]