Several years ago, early in Advent, I received an interesting note from the sixth-graders in the church school. “Dear Mr. Buchanan: We have some questions about Christmas. 1) Did the star stand still? 2) Were the shepherds and wise men real? 3) How was Jesus born if his parents didn’t have sexual intercourse? Please meet us next Sunday and tell us the answers.”
Those are pretty good questions. My immediate response was to think that when I was in sixth grade the phrase “sexual intercourse” had not yet been uttered in my hearing. It certainly wasn’t part of a question I addressed to the minister.