The Weirdness of Christmas – Honest Advent Week 1, Part 1

Have you heard that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday party?  We use that idea often with children.  It’s not wrong, but it always seemed slightly off to me.  First of all, the biblical Gospels say nothing about the day on which Jesus was born.  The Gospels don’t mention the year, month, or the day of week. Continue reading “The Weirdness of Christmas – Honest Advent Week 1, Part 1”

How all Christians have a responsibility to be priests

Christians, you are all priests!  All week long we have been looking at some unusual ways Peter describes Christians’ identity and responsibility.  A holy nation, living stones, and now priests!  Yesterday we talked about how Christians can understand their identity as priests. Now let’s look at how Peter in 1 Peter 2:4-10 describes as ourContinue reading “How all Christians have a responsibility to be priests”

That time Jesus purposefully wanted to confuse the audience

My family and I started gardening a couple years ago.  When we lived in a city rowhome we filled a couple 5-gallon buckets with dirt, planted some tomatoes and peppers and stuck them on our second floor outdoor balcony.  Our backyard butted up against a neighboring house that blocked out the sun, so the bucketsContinue reading “That time Jesus purposefully wanted to confuse the audience”