Listing posts tagged with Advent:

How is Christmas not Just About Jesus?

Just the other day, I saw an advertisement for a quirky Christmas t-shirt. Gathered around the stable scene were all the normal cast of characters: shepherds, wise men, animals, and angels. Mary and Joseph are not visible.

From out of the gathered crowd a voice shouts: “It’s a girl!”

The description for the shirt reads: “This will definitely change the face of Christmas.”


When Is Half the Christmas Story More Than Enough?

Last week, I suggested the Christmas story as we know it commonly portrayed in nativity scenes and church Christmas pageants is not true. It is not true in that it does not faithfully represent the biblical story.

It is a heartwarming Christmas tale we have polished over the years to shape for us our memory of the birth of Jesus. We do not need to abolish it or deconstruct it, but we can return to the biblical text and gain new insight about the birth of Jesus.

Today, we will see how even half the story in Matthew is more than enough to introduce us to Jesus.

Let’s see what Matthew wants us to discover about Jesus’ birth.


How is “The Hobbit” Like an Advent Journey?

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit,” so begins J.R.R. Tokien’s The Hobbit or There and Back Again.

In preparation for The Hobbit: An UnExpected Journey opening this weekend, I picked up my old copy of The Hobbit, curled up in a chair, and began a most unexpected journey with the hobbit Bilbo Baggins. All weekend I have been traveling with dwarves, avoiding trolls and goblins, and looking for Gandalf to show up in the most amazing places.

I didn’t expect to encounter a little Advent along the way to the Lonely Mountain to defeat Smaug the Dragon.