Monthly Archives: December 2013

Walter Russell Mead’s Yule Blogs

I have linked to Walter Russell Mead before.  He specializes in writing about world politics, but sometimes ventures into spiritual topics. This Christmas he has published a series of thoughtful essays as Yule Blogs. In this essay he makes a … Continue reading

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More on Matthew’s plausibility

I have a couple of additional thoughts about my thesis that Matthew’s nativity story has a historical credibility that Luke’s story lacks. First, Matthew knows accurate details about the historical situation following Herod’s death. He knows that Herod Archelaus succeeded … Continue reading

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The historicity of the nativity stories

Retired preachers get to preach on Sundays that full time pastors take off–like the Sunday after Christmas. The gospel reading for this week is from Matthew 2 about the massacre of the innocents and the flight into Egypt. After Herod … Continue reading

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Irrigated farming near Bethlehem during the early monarchy

I am always on the lookout for the latest archeological discoveries in Israel or the ancient near east.  This season Christians think of Bethlehem, David’s ancestral home and the birthplace of Jesus according to the gospels.  Since last Christmas, a find … Continue reading

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Sudan and borderline ethics

Over the weekend some Americans died in the Sudan civil war.  So that situation, which has been going on for many years and involves mass murder, is in the news again. It happens that I recently saw the movie Machine … Continue reading

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The mystery of the virgin birth

Do you believe in the virgin birth?  People in my denomination do not have to, although it has been a litmus test for employment of clergy in some congregations. When I am directly asked the question, I say yes.  However, … Continue reading

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The opposite of rose colored glasses

Blogger Michael Kruse has a few things in common with me.  We both live in the Kansas City area.  We are both members of mainline denominations and we are both sometimes  critical of the mainline.  But the thing about Kruse  … Continue reading

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