Some people have no room for Jesus in their good Christian lives.
The Feast is for Hospitality
Christmas has become a time of unrivaled charity. Much-needed donations will be made this time of year to groups that feed the homeless, serve the poor, and provide toys for children. Charities that limp along all year may joyfully find themselves receiving a donation or two that helps put them in the black, enabling them to carry on their good work. Praise God for the work that charities do, and praise God for the givers who keep them running!
“If you think you are not conceited, it means you are very conceited indeed.”
(CS Lewis, Mere Christianity)
As we enter the season of Advent, four Sundays when we prepare for the feast of Christmas, I was struck by Luke 14 and the fact that four distinct teachings of Jesus are given, all in the context of a feast that Jesus is attending, and each lesson giving us insight into the ultimate feast that is God’s kingdom.
It seems fitting to me as we approach the feast of Christmas that we might consider these four portraits of the feast of the kingdom.
You haven’t heard of the red dragon of Christmas? He’s right there in John’s nativity account.
Flattening the Hills
Last week we read about the noble wise men. This week we read about shepherds. Wise men don’t usually hang out with shepherds. And gods don’t usually hang out with men.
God is not ashamed to make his home among us. Why should we be ashamed to spend time with one another?
Part of the meaning of Christmas is that in Christ, all barriers that we think are important – rich, poor, weak, strong, disabled, differently-abled, black, white (and every other beautiful shade of brown) – are forever erased.
The Villains of Christmas
I love Christmas time. At our home, we watch a Christmas movie nearly every night in December. Some Christmas movies are good for a few laughs, others make me cry, and others are totally ridiculous. Christmas movies make a lot of money, I’m sure, because Hollywood keeps cranking them out.
Second Sunday of Advent 2018
There is a gap between what we were meant to be in the Garden and who we are now after the fall.
First Sunday of Advent 2018
Christmas is not about having the perfect family, but inviting the perfect guest.
Fourth Sunday of Advent 2014