Stump: Stars by Murphy Daley

Stump has been a blogging project of Claremont Presbyterian Church. Merry Christmas! It’s a sign and one we were supposed to listen to: The star over Bethlehem. It MEANT SOMETHING. I was raised to think that listening to stars—aka astrology—was foolish superstition at best.  But there is always this story. Jesus had a star to announce […]

Stump: Angels by Jennifer Wolfe

Stump is a blogging project of Claremont Presbyterian Church At the top of the Castel Sant’Angelo in Vatican City is a majestic statue of the mighty Archangel Michael. He stands ready with his sword outstretched, ready to strike down his demon foe. It’s a powerful image, perfect for the military fortress that the Castel Sant’Angelo […]

Stump: Gifts by Jennifer Wolfe

Stump is a blogging project of Claremont Presbyterian Church. While sitting at my younger brother’s house in St. Louis, I chatted with nine-year-old Jordan and five-year-old Logan about everything and nothing, quietly typing away on my iPad.  It didn’t take Mom and Dad long to figure out Aunt Jennifer was up to some surreptitious Christmas […]

Stump: Gifts by Lillian Holden Ramirez

Stump is a blogging project of Claremont Presbyterian Church Sometimes we don’t recognize our gifts.  I recently thanked God for my dyslexia.  I always thought I could accomplish more if I had normal perception, but that particular day I realized that without dyslexia, I would have experienced the world quite differently and thus would not […]

Stump: The Manger by Rocky Harvey

Stump is a blogging project of Claremont Presbyterian Church. The first year Amanda’s mother brought out the manger scene at Christmas, she explained to Amanda the names of each figure in the antique set which had been handed down from her family.  She let Amanda hold each one carefully and repeat its name. Little Amanda […]

Stump: The Bear by Angel Ku

Stump is a blogging project of Claremont Presbyterian Church The bear is a wondrous creature. Able to outrun a human being, hibernate in the winter, and catch a salmon mid-jump as it bodysurfs with its brethren along the waterfalls of the Sierra Nevada. That last part may not be completely true, but it achieved its […]

Stump: The Raven by Andrew Trindle

Stump is a blogging project of Claremont Presbyterian Church. The raven is a curious animal to focus on, especially at a time like this. Ravens are more readily associated with death, then with the holiday cheer of Christmas. It seems antithetical to consider the end of life when Christians gather to celebrate the birth of […]