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Monthly Archives: December 2017

“Never Left the Temple…”

One of the unsung heroes of Jesus’ birth story was an older lady named Anna. We know very little about her and she just pops into the story and back out very quickly. In Luke 2, the parents, Joseph and Mary, take their newborn baby Jesus to the temple to present Him to the Lord....

When the Holidays Hurt…

For many, this season of the year is not "merry" at all. No, they are not the proverbial "bah-humbug" scrooges. Instead, they are in pain -- the pain of grief. And their pain is fueled by every nostalgic memory they encounter -- the empty chair, the special music, the cherished ornament on the tree. Our...

Jesus’ Birth in Heaven and Earth

The birth narrative of Jesus is one of my favorite stories in Scripture. I love the earthly scene: two scared parents, farm animals, and shepherds. But even more I like to imagine the heavenly scene. I envision Heavenly beings on the edge their seats, watching as their God is born a vulnerable baby. “Alone of all...