Bible: The baby who threatened a king

Dec 4, 2017 by

Acts 14 showcases the people’s impulse to make gods of human leaders. Listening to Paul and Barnabas speak, seeing them manifest God’s power, the people mistake these men for something they’re not,...

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Kraybill: Tyrant loses moral authority

Dec 4, 2017 by

Matthew reports that wise men from the East, presumably Gentiles, came to Jerusalem asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we have come to pay him homage.” When Herod heard...

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Vive la Révolution!

Jan 3, 2017 by

Pagan astrologers read it in the stars — a new king of the Jews had been born. And so the magi came from the Orient bearing their gifts and accidentally got tangled up with the current king of the Jews — a...

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Will you follow Epiphany’s star?

Jan 5, 2016 by

The evening of Jan. 5, we will celebrate the Eve of Epiphany, the last feast of Christmas. This celebration commemorates the arrival of the magi, the wise men from the East who brought gifts to the infant...

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The Lord will raise a prophet

Feb 5, 2015 by

I spent a few days this week away from my home in Durham, N.C., in another southern town, visiting with young people who’ve relocated to under-resourced neighborhoods there. They told me what they’ve...

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More than a partridge

Dec 22, 2014 by

Though the North American understanding of Advent is that of waiting in darkness, a cultural stranger would be forgiven for thinking it is only a season of light. From lights strung on houses and businesses to...

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