Contributing to Dream-Come-True

Three years ago I wrote what appears below, with just minor adjustments given our present circumstances.  Instead of an inauguration three years ago, our nation will witness an impeachment trial in coming days.  Although there seems to be little mystery about the outcome of that trial, will faithful followers of Jesus choose to be agents of the reconciliation offered to all persons and communities through Jesus our Lord and Messiah?  Whatever our convictions about the partisan divides over policy and strategy for governing “one nation under God with life, liberty and the pursuit of … ,” we can celebrate the dignity and cherished value of all persons, and especially of those who are different from us.  We can and we …

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 …

TERROR, REFUGEES, AND THE MESSIAH WE WELCOME 👣

In December of 2012, Lavone and I were in Bethlehem on what is called Manger Square as the town prepared for its annual lighting of the Christmas tree that marks the official beginning of the Christmas season.  The irony of this did not escape us: at or near “ground zero” for the first Advent, are all the elements for the world’s destruction. Sadly neither that part of the world nor the world as a whole have moved closer to the way of the One whose birth we celebrate, the Messiah we welcome.  If anything, tensions run tighter and deeper, conflicts rage, and current events suggest anything but peace and goodwill. Just prior to Advent 2015 and since, a major world …

JESUS CAME TO LIVE, BUT …

  Some would say that Jesus “came to die.”  Yes, it is quite common to assert that he was born actually to die.  Most of us who say this know what we mean, at least in general. But I suspect others might be confused.  Maybe even some of us are confused about this. The story of Jesus asserts unapologetically that Jesus came to live, and to call others to live.  In him was life, John’s gospel assures.  His birth celebrated at Christmas time, occasioned much joy–not because finally the one who would die had come, but because finally the one who was life and who could give life had come.  Jesus’ primary message, “The time has come.  God’s kingdom is open and available.  Turn, …