Aretha Franklin’s hit song Respect, is a 3 minute plea to her man to show her a little respect, 'or you might walk in and find out I’m gone.’ The song was written over 50 years ago and fits into that genre of soul music lamenting how the man (it’s generally a man) has done wrong. Today’s deep and persistent lack of respect and decency in our public life as well as in personal relationships make the words mighty relevant.

God’s abundant love at Christmas

Considering how crucial women are to the Advent period and Christmas, it is wonderful to remember anew their example of faithful expectation; and their insights about what the coming baby represented. Christmas celebrates the bold faithfulness of lowly women – a teenage girl and an older woman. Elizabeth is introduced at the beginning of Luke’s … Continue reading God’s abundant love at Christmas