Third Day of Christmas

theeffect · Third Day Of Christmas Dave Brisbin 12.27.20It’s the Third Day of Christmas. What does that mean? Three French hens immediately comes to mind from the song. But what are the Twelve Days of Christmas for that matter? The ancient liturgies of Christianity...

Genius of the Magi

theeffect · Genius Of The Magi Dave Brisbin 12.13.20How in the world could anyone have seen in a helpless infant, born to dirt-poor parents living in the back of beyond, all that Jesus was and would become? When you think about those who first recognized Jesus—Mary,...

Starting Small

theeffect · Starting Small Dave Brisbin 12.6.20If you want to find something hidden by a child, how do you do it? After you’ve searched all over the house, you get on your knees, lower your point of view to three feet off the ground and see all the spaces you won’t...

Living and Active

theeffect · Living And Active Dave Brisbin 11.29.20Book of Hebrews tells us that our scriptures are living and active. What does that mean? It means the bible is more than ink on a page. More than the sum of the words. If it’s living, then something happens in the...

Mixing Metaphors

theeffect · Mixing Metaphors Dave Brisbin 11.22.20We’ve always been taught not to mix our metaphors. We lose impact and don’t make sense if we say something like, “not the sharpest cookie in the jar.” Yet Jesus made a ministry out of mixing metaphors…ok, well, he...

War of Attrition

theeffect · War Of Attrition Dave Brisbin 11.15.20Last line of one of the great rock songs of all time: You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave… Just as Hotel California was referring to a state of mind, 2020 has become a metaphor as well. A state...

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