A Dragon Eating Jesus?

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There are a lot of Advent blog posts floating around these days. Makes sense, knowing it’s the Advent season. I have joined in the festivities myself with a post on the hope of Advent. But there is one blog post in particular that seems to have caught the attention of many. It’s Chad Bird’s When a Dragon Tried to Eat Jesus: The Nativity Story We Don’t Talk About.

The post particularly considers the words of Revelation 12: Continue reading

The Snowman

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During the time that I lived in the UK, I was introduced to varying little cultural aspects of life there: curry, the pubs, full English breakfasts, jacket potatoes with baked beans, football (soccer), scones, tea breaks every couple of hours, driving on the other side of the road along with steering from the other side of the car, and many other things.

But during the Christmas holidays, I was particularly introduced to The Snowman. Continue reading

An Advent Study: Underdogs and Outsiders

underdogs-and-outsidersI recently finished a new book that hit the shelves a few weeks back. It’s entitled Underdogs and Outsiders, written by my good friend, Tom Fuerst. Though the main title may catch one off guard – noting it’s a study particularly written for the Advent season – it actually highlights the exact thrust of the book.

This new work from Fuerst is an Advent study in how God used five unexpected women – underdogs and outsiders, to be exact – to accomplish his redemptive purposes. In particular, these five women are found in Matthew’s genealogy – Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and, or course, Mary. Continue reading

Christmas: Why It Should Wait

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I have never been shy about my love for Christmas; not just the day, but the whole season. It’s a magical, beautiful, stirring time given to draw us into the story of Christ’s coming.

In the past, I’ve been known to launch into Christmas music on November 1st. I once pondered if it was ok to start the tradition on October 25th, since it was a round 2 months prior to Christmas.

But I’ve recently had a change of heart. I’m now looking to wait for the Christmas season a bit longer, at least until the final Sunday in November. Continue reading