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December 20, 2012

While we know that this “Jesus” would eventually change the world, the scandal that would have risen from the baby bump Mary would soon carry would have been devastating. This tiding of great joy could only have been seen as greatly troubling, for at the very least, Mary would have been pushed...

December 19, 2012

In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me and save me. Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.Psalm 71: 1-6

Advent is reaching a quiet...

December 18, 2012

Emmanuel, God with us.

I like this particular birth narrative in Matthew, because, amidst all the popular talk about Mary at Christmastime, Matthew puts before us the enduring faith of Joseph.

Here is a man who was betrothed to Mary, a young virgin in a Hebrew culture where...

December 17, 2012

Much can be said about this royal psalm, the last in the second book of psalms. Although there is some debate over authorship, it seems likely that the author is David, writing a somewhat hyperbolic and celebratory ode to his son and eventual successor, Solomon. While there is much grandiose...

December 16, 2012

God can be overwhelming. We forget that in the church sometimes. We forget that God is not tame or predictable or safe. God is that which does not go away when you ignore it. God is powerful and present – always. God is.

In many ways, the Renaissance church was an abusive church. We...

December 15, 2012

One sentence encapsulates my first impression of today’s scripture: Wow, they sound desperate!

The whole of Psalm 80 is part lament, part apology, and part appeal for restoration. The psalmist is scrambling for the clarity of days gone by. The mood connotes feelings of staggering around...

December 14, 2012

Riparian forests are subject to frequent inundation. Riparian forests help control sediment, reduce the damaging effects of flooding and aid in stabilizing stream banks. Riparian zones are transition zones between an upland terrestrial environment and an aquatic environment. Organisms found...

December 13, 2012

When I was about 4 years old, I attended a Christmas Eve service with my parents and step-cousins who never attended church. However, this was no ordinary service, as it included the congregation’s pageant, complete with a live baby Jesus. My cousin, who was my age, was in awe of all this, and...

December 12, 2012

There are a lot of different kinds of bad news. There’s the “we’re out of that the flavor of ice cream you wanted” kind, the “you missed you’re train so you’re going to have to find a way to kill six hours until the next one comes along” kind, the “I just don’t feel like being romantic with you...

December 10, 2012

Psalm 8 celebrates and honors both the Creator and the created order. Echoes of Genesis are easy to notice; perhaps not so obvious is the connection to Job’s whirlwind. The former is realized through the catalog of fauna found in verses 8 and 9 (see Genesis 1:28), while the latter is pronounced...

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