Michael Hidalgo

A VIEW FROM A POINT

GUNS, FEAR AND LOVE 1.18.2013

Last year I was hanging out with a friend of mine. He told me that he had just registered for two handguns - one for his him and one for his wife. “Really?” I asked, a little surprised. “Absolutely.” He said confidently. “It makes us feel more safe.” Many of my friends are hunters and own guns to hunt. But I’m not sure buying guns for personal protection is the best thing. Perhaps looking back nearly 2,000 years will give us some insight into this. If anyone had cause to “keep and bear arms” it was the First Century Church.…

A DEFINITION OF ADVENT 12.24.2012

A beautiful reflection on Advent as we prepare to light the Christ Candle: Advent The house lights go off and the footlights come on. Even the chattiest stop chattering as they wait in darkness for the curtain to rise. In the orchestra pit, the violin bows are poised. The conductor has raised his baton.    In the silence of a midwinter dusk, there is far off in the deeps of it somewhere a sound so faint that for all you can tell it may be only the sound of the silence itself. You hold your breath to listen.    You…

RECOVERING THE PLOT OF CHRISTMAS 12.19.2012

There are times when the story of Christmas feels forced or contrived. Sure, we can say “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.” And he is, but why do we feel the Christmas story needs so much extra dressing? If it’s really that compelling of a story then we ought to be confident that it is one that can stand on its own. But year after year we prove that it doesn’t. Christmas is tied to stories, traditions and rituals; many of which have nothing to do with the story of Jesus. This makes me wonder: If the story of…

GOD IS HERE? 12.17.2012

There are times when it feels like the promises contained in Scripture mock us. Moments when the words intended to bring us comfort seem remote, detached and distant. Friday morning in Newtown, Connecticut was one of those times. On Friday afternoon I stood outside my children’s elementary school with hundreds of other parents. In the midst of small talk about what we were doing for Christmas break, all the while, there was a somber heaviness. On that day the world witnessed unspeakable evil juxtaposed with the Season of Advent. A Season in which the people of God remember, anticipate and…
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