Matthew is not my favorite Gospel. But where would we be without it?
The incarnation doesn't only mean that God is with us. It means that God is with us as Jesus.
While the Romans were broadcasting fake news about the emperor as savior, God was at work elsewhere.
When one of the young Syrian women lit a memorial candle during worship, it represented a great deal of loss.
I suspect the police officer who shot Walter Scott, and the jurors at his trial, were shaped similarly to how I was as a child in North Carolina.
Even popular holiday movies echo the message of the season: repent!
Like everything else in human experience, sometimes our longings need to be reoriented and redeemed.