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...]

Empire vs. the Neighborhood (Walter Brueggemann)

Another great video from our friends at The Work of the People! Check them out.  This is a great resource for Youth Ministry or church gatherings.  If you are in ministry I highly recommend subscribing to their video club or purchasing the Hi Res videos… Walter Brueggemann on on empire and the liberation of the [Read More...]

When a Poor Baby in a Manger Overthrows an Empire: The First Christmas

*Originally posted on Dec 20, 2010 Many would consider the Roman Empire one of the greatest civilizations in history. In regard to the New Testament, the story of early Christianity finds its setting under the shadow of a meta-narrative[1] that dominated most of the Mediterranean world and even beyond. Caesar Augustus is the earliest figure [Read More...]

Christendom Against the Kingdom of God (Jason Dye)

But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,and whoever wants to be first among you [Read More...]


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