Rebirth - Advent Reflections: Day 18

thanks to dogsbody on flickr for the photo
Birther of the human race
You summon the day to dawn
And call us to live in communion
Lord Jesus Christ, Light of the world,
By your cross you have overcome all darkness that oppresses.
Come and shine on us in our communities
That we may grow and live together in your love
Which makes [...]

Is. 35:1-10
Ps. 146:5-10
James 5:7-10
Mt. 11:2-11

Sometimes I like to read large chunks of Scripture and then just sit back an listen to what comes. I find that when I do this with a variety of passages, I don’t get lost and entangled in the details as much as I do when I’m focusing on a small [...]

Matthew 2:1-12

Today at Revolution, David taught on the Magi. In the discussion time, someone mentioned that Harod (and all of Jerusalem I noticed I think for the first time ever) being “disturbed” (or “troubled”) really stuck out at him. He asked the question - does the birth of Christ disturb us?
I thought that [...]

Much of theology in the States seems to be about “reaching out” - “Jesus and the woman at the fringes of her culture” or “Paul learning about and adapting and reaching out to the Greeks culture” whereas in the UK the new forms seem to be emerging because Christians feel we are “the woman” or [...]

This is an overview of my teaching on Sunday at Revolution.
Much of the material for this message was taken from Scot McKnight’s book, “The Real Mary”. (I strongly recommend this book). McKnight had an article published in Christianity Today titled “the Mary We Never Knew” you can find it here.
Luke 1:46-55
46 And Mary said:

Luke 2:4-7

My baby isn’t so much a baby anymore…technically. She’s almost 2.5. It’s hard to believe that this time next year I’ll have a 6 year old and a 3 year old. We’re not having any more babies (when we adopt we plan to adopt a slightly older child) and sometimes I get a little [...]

I feel like I’m surrounded by pain and heartache right now - in my family (my siblings), with my neighbors, in my city, in my state - it’s all feeling very heavy in my soul right now.
The shootings in Denver and Colorado Springs just add to that weight. I hurt for the families affected [...]

Ps. 72:1-7, 18-19
Ro. 15:4-13
(Is. 11:1-10, Mt. 3:1-12)

Romans 15
“through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we have hope” This encouragement and hope should lead us to live in harmony with one another, the way Christ accords, in order that we may have one voice to glorify God BECAUSE Christ became a servant to confirm [...]

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