The Christmas Chronicles (Pt. 1): I Don’t Care That . . .

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Sitting in my home office with a Christmas tree to my right and a “Walden Woods” snow scene in front of me, there’s no doubt we’re a family that loves Christmas. The lovely Mrs. KirkWalden.Com has outdone herself this year and our home is a Christmas wonderland. Every year however, I run across those who want to tamp down the …

“Wonder” is Worth It

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The lovely Mrs. Walden and I don’t get out to movies too often. With two young sons (ages 10 & 8), a “night at the movies” is quite an undertaking–especially when I’m often on the road (or in the air). If we do go to the movies, it’s usually to see something with the boys; which likely means an animated …

Thanksgiving Confession: Iron Bowl Edition

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Thanksgiving weekend confession today: If I’m not careful, Thanksgiving can be, for me, an almost overlooked holiday. Fact is, I’m a football fan (Auburn University, to be specific) and while Thanksgiving is enjoyable, it’s also Iron Bowl weekend. For those uninitiated in the lore of Auburn football, the Iron Bowl is the Auburn-Alabama game (or for Alabama fans, “the Alabama-Auburn …

Am I Soaring? Or Sitting by the Runway?

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Flying into Roswell, New Mexico the other day I had a surreal experience. No, not aliens from Area 51 (although the Hertz counter had alien caricatures on the wall). As we approached Roswell International Air Center, I saw dozens and dozens of commercial aircraft–of all sizes–sitting out in fields and on tarmacs. Dozens. Almost all of them from American Airlines. …

What the H*** is Hell About?

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Whenever anyone discusses the Good News (as we did with our “gospel” post last week), someone is bound to say, “Well, before anyone will believe the Good News, they’ve got to understand the bad news.” Which leads of course, to the inevitable discussion about H***. Or H-E Double Hockey Sticks. The smoking section. And don’t you love the billboards and …

A Churchy Word is Good News

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Just being real here, I was always confused by the word, “Gospel.” It was—and is—such a “churchy” word, and I never truly grasped what it meant. The reason for my confusion I suppose, is that in modern Christianity it can mean so many things. At its core, the word gospel comes from the same Greek root word where get “evangelism.” …