Daily Archives: December 15, 2011

Nativity on the Front Porch

The Nativity stable,
a bale of hay
and a crib
sit on the front porch.
They have had their use.
The local schools  have
sung their carols with youthful voices
and re-enacted the 
Bible story
with a real live baby!
The church has performed its
obligatory “Carols” service.
And now the Xmas objects
to be stored in the garage
for another year.
Hidden beyond
A story,
A medieval carol,
Children playing angels,  Joseph and Mary,
with tea towels and sheets,
and a stable made of scrap wood, is 
an eternal miracle,
Of a life lived.
the child/man/God
who lives still 
through those who believe.
Revealing Christmas
as an enduring living
celebration of King
and His Kingdom.
Still, the stable sits
for the next innocent “Mary and Joseph”
for next year’s pageant,
and the next …
until the King returns.
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Arguing for Argument’s Sake

St Michael and Satan - Coventry Cathedral

When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. Luke 7:36 (36-50)

As Tim Chester points out in  his book “A Meal with Jesus”, in the gospel of Luke, Jesus is either, going to, coming from, or at, a meal.  This passage is a case in point.

There is a lot happening in this passage but I just want to reflect on one thing. Why did Simon invite Jesus in the first place? He had obviously “forgotten” his hostly duties. So why was Jesus there? We can only guess at his motives.

One conclusion I have come to is that he wanted to argue with Jesus in order to destroy Jesus’ reputation in front of his other guests. Jesus was certainly not an “honoured” guest. Honour was only shown by the sinful woman.

Over the years I have encountered numerous people who argue, at best, only to have a good argument, or at worst, to destroy and belittle. They will argue about faith, Scripture and the finer points of doctrine but the motive is not honourable.  Their intention is not to discover, learn or refine, but simply to win points, make others look foolish or just have a good fight. Too often I have seen this occur in Christian circles, with combatants justifying their behaviour with sanctimonious claptrap.

Let us remember the Bible is the book of life and death. It is not a book intended to enable us to play foolish games. It is there for us to find out about the Messiah and His kingdom, and God’s purposes. It is there for us to shine light into the world. I can’t think of too many arguments that have shone that light.

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