Jesus Creed
November 2009 Archives

I don’t consider Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter “fiction” because I’d prefer to maintain my impish, indefensible line: I don’t read fiction. So, having read the book lately, my line needs commentary: “I don’t consider classic fiction to be fiction; it’s a …Read More

“In the beginning,” the Gospel of John tells us, “was the Word.” He furthers this with this: “The Word was with God and the Word was God” (John 1:1). The first Christmas word we will look at in our Advent …Read More

Barnabas, the Book of Acts tells us, was called a “son of encouragement.” Many of us have Barnabas moments in life where we can draw from our own experiences to help others, and I had one recently. At one of …Read More

Late summer I read Hala Jaber’s gripping memoir of life in Iraq called: The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles: A Woman’s Fight to Save Two Orphans . If you can read this without tearing up, well, you can’t. Hala weaves …Read More

Amazon’s idea — let Black Friday morph into a shopping day on Monday called CyberMonday.

Two new books on the historical Jesus might be worth your careful consideration. The first one provides the spectrum of views, the second one is a historical Jesus book by one scholar.  James Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy have produced …Read More

I want to open the comments on this post to those who are unemployed, or who were unemployed and who have recently found employment, to speak into the lives of others who are unemployed.  We’d like to hear your advice, …Read More

Advent is a word that means “coming” or “visit”.  In the Christian season of Advent we prepare for the “advent” of Christ at Christmas.  Our preparation includes many things: ? We remember Israel’s hope for the coming of God’s Messiah …Read More

Advent is a season of waiting, expecting, and hoping.  Beginning four Sundays prior to Christmas and ending on Christmas Eve, Advent helps us to prepare for the coming, or “advent” of the Christ child at Christmas.  (The word “advent” comes …Read More

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; …Read More