Month: December 2020

Newsletter 18 December 2020 | Christmas: Please celebrate!

By Rev. Richard Baird Christmas is a Christian holiday.  I’m celebrating Christmas because I am a Christian who believes the miracle of the Incarnation is truly worth celebrating.  I’m celebrating Christmas because Scripture celebrates it.  From Old Testament prophecies which reveal excitement at the coming Messiah (Isaiah 9:6-7 is pregnant with joy at the prospect …

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Newsletter 11 December 2020 | N. T. Wright: The Pandemic Should Make Us Humble — and Relentlessly Practical, Part 3

Toward the end of the book, you talk about the church and its response to various lockdown orders. You argue that our willingness to suspend in-person gatherings and conduct services online may have accidentally reinforced the secular idea that faith is a private activity. How do we navigate the tension between the call to corporate …

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Newsletter 4 December 2020 | N. T. Wright: The Pandemic Should Make Us Humble — and Relentlessly Practical, Part 2

When you talk about the Gospels, you emphasize the example of Jesus standing at the tomb of Lazarus, weeping. What might you say to somebody who isn’t a Christian, who is wrestling with the problem of suffering, and who asks: “What good is a weeping God? I can weep. Anybody can weep. What we need is action; we need something …

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