Searching For Emmanuel

Searching For Emmanuel

All four gospels include a scene, early on, about seeking after Christ. Stylistically, it’s a bit like a note to the reader, a reminder to pay attention to the One being presented. It might seem a little strange to need a note like that. If I’m reading a biography of...
The End of Exile is Incarnation

The End of Exile is Incarnation

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail th’incarnate Deity, Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel. In 586 BC or thereabouts, the city of Jerusalem was sacked by the Babylonian army. Many of the city’s citizens were led away in captivity to Babylon,...
We Build The Kingdom

We Build The Kingdom

Mary sang, in the great song that she’s credited with: God has performed mighty deeds with his arm;     God has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. God has brought down rulers from their thrones     but has lifted up the humble. God has filled the...
Unrecognizable/Unmistakable

Unrecognizable/Unmistakable

When I was in college, the Campus Activities Board would use the giant chapel monitor to show The Princess Bride every year, and I think I watched it every time. It was an evangelical college, and most of us came out of evangelical youth groups, which means that we...
Nonsense and Wonder

Nonsense and Wonder

There’s something hilarious to me about the way that we approach the Easter story. I don’t want to seem critical of anyone else, so just look at what I did to prepare for this service: -I bought bagels and cream cheese at Kroger. -I microwaved a second cup of coffee...