Posts in Jesus
The Gifts Of the Magi

Like the young couple in O. Henry’s story, who each pawned a prized possession to pay for a gift for their beloved which was rendered useless by that beloved’s pawning — like the child in Lewis’s story whose father is delighted with the gift his own sixpence bought him — our role is to offer God gifts he doesn’t need: our money, our time, our service, our devotion. 

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Christmas Garbage

The incarnation reminds us of the downward direction of our worship. The gospel doesn’t declare that humans can escape their predicament and clean themselves up. The Bible doesn’t say that God held his nose against the stench of this world and cherry picked people out of it — or that God loves the people who aren't dirty — or that God whitewashes our lives and our little Christian bubbles apart from the world. The good news is that Jesus has loved us enough to step into our garbage and offer us his body and blood. 

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