Bible Leads: Luke 1:8-20

TEXT Luke 1:8-20 Once when he was serving as priest before God and his section was on duty, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and offer incense. Now at the time of the incense offering, the whole assembly of the people was praying outside. Then there appeared to him an angel of … Continue reading Bible Leads: Luke 1:8-20

Bible Leads: Luke 2:1-20

TEXT Luke 2:1-20 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was … Continue reading Bible Leads: Luke 2:1-20

Matthew 3: The Threshing Floor of Advent

Christmas is like chaff. There is this great life-giving gem that is the birth of a Savior, who will save all of Creation. We’ve taken this gem and wrapped it in good-intentioned but meaningless stuff. While I love a good present, I am more-and-more bothered by the lack of serenity in the world. What a sublimely magnificent place (follow NASA on Twitter to see). What … Continue reading Matthew 3: The Threshing Floor of Advent

My Current Beef with Jesus of Nazareth, Savior of All Creation

I am okay with the Pastoral Jesus.  I love the images of him carrying the lamb on his shoulder.  I like to think that as the pre-Incarnate Christ was there at creation, he has a good way with animals and people. I preach regularly about the universal salvation of Jesus.  For Advent, the Incarnation is Jesus’ first act of reconciling us to himself.  By the … Continue reading My Current Beef with Jesus of Nazareth, Savior of All Creation