To close our reflections of Jesus’ family tree in preparation for Christmas, we looked at the last man in the family tree, Joseph. Somehow Joseph managed to get little to no publicity in spite of the fact that he was Jesus’ dad. Mary, the mother of Jesus, has received a lot of attention and rightfully […]Read more "The Family Tree 4: Joseph"
If we look at Jesus’ family tree (in Matthew), it doesn’t take long before we see scandal. Tamar is one of four women, in addition to Mary, who is mentioned in Jesus’ genealogy, and her story is as scandalous as it gets. Tamar was trapped in an unjust situation. She was also mired in tragedy. When […]Read more "The Family Tree 2: Tamar"
Do you know how the New Testament begins? Jesus’ birth? His baptism? John the Baptist in the desert? The answer…a genealogy. How exciting! Actually it is when you dig into it. It says everything about who Jesus is and what his coming to earth means. Abraham is the first name listed (in Matthew’s genealogy). This […]Read more "Family Tree: Abraham"
When you doing something wrong, what do you imagine about God (if you do at all)? Do you think God is mad? Wrathful? Disappointed? Hosea, a prophet we don’t usually look to around Christmas, gives us a glimpse of what God “feels.” (His context was the 8th century BC, so a little different time, but…) When God’s people […]Read more "The Greatest Gift 3: Love"
I was with my nephew as he experienced Home Alone for the first time recently. I was struck by how purely excited he seemed to be. I thought to my self, Man, I’d love to feel that again. But then I also thought, But we can’t stay there forever. In other words, we have to grow up. I mean, we […]Read more "The Greatest Gift 1: Expecting & Accepting"