Was Jesus Born Away in a Manger at Migdal Eder?

I knew the traditional nativity scene had issues.The three wise men who likely weren't three and didn't show up until two years later.  The star hovering just above the quaint wooden structure that looks more like an English countryside barn than the back end of an inn. The all-too-pristine setting after an impromptu birth.I thought I had heard it all.I even shared a take on The Christmas Message based on the traditional interpretation just a few days ago. I thought I understood the C … [Read more...]

The Christmas Message

I sat on a hillside one chilly night, out in the country where the darkness blankets the earth like a woolen comforter. Away from the city. No noise. No bustle. No blue-light specials or Black Friday deals. Just silence. Darkness. And stars. Lots of stars.And as I shivered in the dewy grass that eve, I imagined what that night must have been like, that night when that shepherd became the first to visit the newborn Jesus. Oh, I know, there was more than one shepherd on that Nazareth hillside. … [Read more...]