To What End

“Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”  
The self-centered disciples ask who will be the greatest, what’s in it for them. The fickle crowds are amazed by the miraculous, but wonder when Jesus’ words become challenging. Are we any different? We say we are willing to follow Jesus, but how far are we willing to go? Will we give our money, our time, our lives? We think we want to follow, but…to what end?

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All In

It’s an unexpected move. Becoming human. Sure, many different cultures have stories about the divine masquerading around as human. But something different is afoot with this Jesus character. Very quickly we get the sense that he’s quite serious about changing things, mixing things up. God shows us, with Jesus, an uncanny depth of commitment to this relationship. God is all in. Are you?

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What Are You Getting For Christmas?

You’re getting the goods, for Christmas that is.  Seriously, it’s going to be a haul.  So don’t be apologetic about it.  Own it.  Claim it.  It’s yours.  Not that you particularly deserve it, not that any of us particularly deserve it.  Still this year, for Christmas, you’re getting the power and presence of God.  You’re getting a new way of ordering life in this world.  You’re getting a promise that sustains you for this life and the one to come.  You’re getting God in flesh.  So get ready, Christmas is coming.

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