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Another Perspective

Incarnation

As Christmas approaches, I want to offer you a different slant on the idea of incarnation.

Incarnation is a central concept in Christian theology. It affirms that the eternal Son of God took human flesh from his mother and the historical Christ is at once fully God and fully man without the integrity or  Read More 
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Christmas and Dreams

St. Matthew's account of the birth of Jesus is filled with dreams. This reality is generally ignored by contemporary Christians. Reread the first two chapters of the Gospel of Matthew and you will see that the birth event would have been very different - if at all - without the dreams and Joseph's conviction  Read More 
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Christmas and the Fear of New Life

One aspect of the Christmas story that is often ignored is the portion told in Matthew 1:18-2:3. These verses recount how Mary became pregnant prior to marrying Joseph and Joseph’s decision to discreetly remove her from his life. Before he could, Joseph had a dream in which an angel of the Lord told  Read More 
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Why Was Jesus Born in Bethlehem?

There are a number of explanations for why Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

First, there are the historic reasons. The Gospels, unfortunately, offer conflicting data. The Gospel of Luke indicates Jesus was born in Bethlehem because a census was being taken that required Joseph to leave Nazareth to return to his  Read More 
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The Secret of the Kingdom of God

People on a spiritual quest often are unclear about what exactly it is they are seeking. In St. Mark's Gospel (4:10-12) Jesus offers us a clue. What the spiritual quest is about, Jesus says here, is finding what he calls "the kingdom of God."

Jesus continues by identifying what separates those who are able to  Read More 
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