Celebrate Jesus’ Scandalous Life

    something  that is shocking, upsetting, or unacceptable   Jesus began his life with scandal—a young girl impregnated by the Holy Spirit.                 Who’s going to ever believe that crazy story? Not Joseph, the man she was betrothed to. Not her parents. Not her friends. Not the village elders. Or the gossips or the… Read More

what gifts do you need?

Store Clerk: “What is Santa giving you for Christmas.” 5-year-old: “Santa’s not real; he’s just a nice story we tell at Christmas time. You may make-believe if you want to—it’s fun.” This is a paraphrase of my granddaughter’s conversation, echoing her grandmother via her mother. “It’s a fun story to enjoy, but it’s not real. What do… Read More

Archaeological and Historical Christmas

Why Christmas is Merry! Just before 700 BC, the Biblical prophet Micah prophesied that the Messiah would be born in the town of Bethlehem, and it happened just as he said. The Bible tells us that only God knows the future. If you are someone who wants some proof before you even consider that this… Read More

Warning: “There will be a lot of ‘super Christians’ there.”

A childless couple was traveling with a group of hopeful parents to Ethiopia to adopt–a culmination of their long struggle to have a child. A friend who had experienced this a few  years earlier gave her this warning, “Be prepared–there will probably be a lot of super Christians in the group.” As Jillian Lauren tells the story her imagination… Read More