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Incarnation

At Christmas, we sing the message of incarnation in ancient words and imagery. But do we allow it to change us? Will we see the face of Christ in the faces of children traversing borders in our own land today? […] Read More

’Tis the season when special deliveries are arriving on front porches all across the US, more than 2.5 billion last year. As Christmas quickly approaches, let us remember the special delivery of that day long ago. […] Read More

Christmas does not come just once a year. Jesus is not unpacked with the ornaments. He can’t be hung up and taken down like our decorations. But as it was then, so it is now. We still do not have room for Jesus. […] Read More

Easter is a highly significant celebration in the life of the church and is often presented as the central affirmation of the Christian faith. Do we do it a disservice by thinking of it as a holiday or even a historical event? […] Read More

We pursue status and wealth like prizes at a carnival game. Instead, if all of us could learn to live fully in God’s love, we wouldn’t be anxious about amassing life’s cheap, comparative prizes. […] Read More

I am suspicious. I was suspicious before I ever knew about a hermeneutic of suspicion. I am suspicious that many of us in the “evangelical” (always have to put that in quotes) side of the church are not very comfortable with the humanity of Jesus. You would not think this at Advent or Christmas when […] Read More

Jesus is God in the flesh. This assertion opens John’s Gospel through the proclamation, “the Word became flesh” (John 1:14). Theologians use a $4 word to describe this process, referring to it as “incarnation.” That Jesus took on a human body is a basic assertion of Christmas, for which the Advent season anticipates and prepares […] Read More

Jesus’ life and teachings didn’t matter very much. At least that’s the idea one gets from those U.S. Christians who see his only earthly purpose in coming to die as a penalty for human sinfulness – and then rocketing off to heaven to fix up some cushy mansions for our afterlife while awaiting our arrival. […] Read More

The prologue to the Gospel of John provides this powerful metaphor for meaningful embodiment: “The Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, a glory filled with grace and truth” (John 1:14). This metaphor goes by the name “incarnation,” the kind of word that my grandfather would have called “high […] Read More

It seems to happen every year about this time – maybe a little earlier each year. Out of respect for the religious diversity of its clientele, a retailer directs its sales people and cashiers to offer a generic “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” A town decides not to place its traditional manger scene on […] Read More