An Unexpected King – A Christmas Eve Reflection on Jesus, Empire, & the Poor

Below I offer a brief Advent devotional for this Christmas Eve. This was published in Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary’s Advent Devotional. —————————————————————————————————————————————————– “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news… Today in the town of David a Savior has been born… Christ the Lord.” Luke 2.10-11 When I proposed to my wife, I wanted [Read More...]

BEING GOOD NEWS: An Advent Devotion for Dec 14 (Published by FPU Biblical Seminary)

Being Good News “The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me… he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed.” -Isaiah 61:1 Read Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Two years ago I attended a Bible study primarily composed of homeless folks in a downtown coffee shop. My hope was to learn from these dear [Read More...]

Let’s Go on a Christmas Spending Spree!: The Story of Stuff

I wanted to share this video with you to stimulate conversation about simplicity and consumerism. Consumption not only is bad for the planet, for impoverished people, and for animals – but it can pollute the soul. This has certainly been true in my life. Jesus warns us not to find our value “in the abundance [Read More...]


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