BABY AS IMMANUEL!

In a world desperately in need of good news and forlornly weary of platitudes we celebrate the coming of Immanuel—God with us—in the gift of Jesus   Glory to God in the highest!  Well, yes, but what about us in the lowest? If it doesn’t work for the whole world and all of reality, does it truly work?  That’s a question I have been asking in recent years.  I was forced to ask it seriously and urgently when I began going to other places, addressing other cultures, and found that some of my most “creative” stuff just didn’t work there and in those circumstances.  So, does it work for the whole world—for the highest and the lowest places and those who …

Jesus Comes for Us and for All

The Lord our God loves, chooses, and works with/through a people to right the wrong of their lives and world, whatever, however, whenever But, the Lord does so, not just for them, but for all, as many as will … The Lord loves his own, so that he may love all. The Lord comes to his own, so that he may come to all. The Lord touches, forgives, heals, transforms—saves—his own, so that he may for all. The Lord’s people receive these amazing and abundant graces from their Lord, as part of their Lord’s plan for all. Ponder the good news of Christmas in this light—for and through one, for all.  Imagine these words for one or for some, yet …

THE MASSACRE OF INNOCENTS

16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.  17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:  18 “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”  (Mat 2:16-18 TNIV). Once again “Herod” blemishes our Advent season. Yesterday the unthinkable played out before us in Newtown, Connecticut.  Shockingly, a young gunman forced his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School, apparently just moments before …

JOY FOR ALL–A SAVIOR!

Here is the good news of Christmas: Jesus’ birth brings joy to all the people (Luke 2:10).  God targets all for joy in the giving of a child to Mary and Joseph and through them to the world. (NOTE: Reader’s Alert!  This first Christmas gift disappoints all attempts to be politically correct.) It is not enough for joy to flow to some.  The messengers from Heaven were quite clear on this point: good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Nothing is said of the many who didn’t look for it or want it or who would likely refuse it.  Nor is anything said of the few who may desire it and seek it above all …