Bethlehem, we often forget, is a real place where people are still born and grow up and go to work and die. It is a city in Palestine, and like it was in Jesus’ day, it is occupied and controlled in large part by a foreign power. Last year a group from St. Paul’s Church in Auckland, New Zealand created a tremendous video that reminds us of the place–real, physical and historical–where Christ was born. It is by looking at that place, with its current concerns and problems, that we come to see more deeply the world Christ entered into to bring his kingdom.
The Old Story Made Real and New
Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.