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The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown

The Baby Is the Easy Part

Micah 5:2-5a

4th Sunday of Advent - Year C

December 20, 2015

The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown (other)

One of the beauties of the Christmas season is all the baby imagery. Everywhere we look there are pictures of those new parents, Mary and Joseph, all smiles. And shepherds and wise men kneeling before a sleeping Infant, even though we know the wise men didn't actually arrive until a couple years later. But during December, why bother with little exegetical details? Wise men are part of the crèche we put on the altar; why not let them stay there? In some artwork depicting the events in Bethlehem that night long ago, even the animals have halos. And then, of course, there is the centerpiece, the Baby, smiling even as he sleeps--also, of course, with a halo adorning him. Really, what's not to like? We all love soft, sweet, innocent baby stories.

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The Rev. Dr. David Lose

Bible as Divine Reference Book, Pt. 2 (Just for Fun!)

The Rev. Dr. David Lose (ELCA)

Okay folks, last’s weeks post was a serious attempt to describe the conservative approach to reading Scripture. This week, let’s have a little more fun. In particular, let’s see what can happen when we treat the Bible as a divine reference book, revering it more than we actually read it.

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