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

On the 7th Day of Christmas

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for inhim all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he … Continue reading On the 7th Day of Christmas

On the 6th Day of Christmas

Jesus’ work was not just the preparation of souls for heaven, it was also the redeeming of creation.  As Christians we live in a strange age: after Christ initiated his kingdom but before his kingdom has been completed.  There is a kind of tension built into our very souls: we yearn for the completed kingdom, we appreciate what Christ has already done and we struggle … Continue reading On the 6th Day of Christmas