Back the Future with John at Christmas

John’s telling of Christmas seems rather basic at first. There is no pageantry or angels. He offers no narrative or a mention of Mary and Joseph. Just the simple words: “So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”

However, when taking a closer look, the first thirteen verses of John make those simple words an invitation to go both back in time and into the future. This invitation starts with John’s first five words, “In the beginning the Word …”

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Luke is a Grinch Who Steals Christmas

As the title suggests, this week Luke steals Christmas. This is rather odd because most of us assume that our understanding of the Christmas story comes out of Luke. You know, Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem as Jesus is about to be born. The local inn is already full, prompting the owner to turn them away. Nobody helps them until some soul sends them off to a barn-like cave filled with smelly animals. All of that is part of our romanticized idea of Christmas. It is also not what Luke says.

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