Dear Folks -
Several years ago I heard some late night comic on television observe, "The Christmas decorations are up. That can only mean one thing. Thanksgiving is not far behind."
It seems the Christmas decorations are up earlier and earlier in our culture - especially in the temples of our cultural religion - the shopping malls.
I love Christmas but the way it is approached in our culture causes people to buy into the notion of optimism rather than hope. Optimism and hope are very different.
The "life talk" I offered this week is called
A Muscular Hope
In the talk I try to say why it was that the Jesus movement grew to the point that early in the fourth century it was made the official religion of the Roman Empire.
The full text I used to speak from is below.