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Last week I wrote about the many details of Christmas that show up again at Easter: exceptional humiliation, special announcements, fulfilled prophecies, and odd details about how He was clothed and where He was laid. Is there a point to these little similarities? I think so. It seems to me that these details are hints that we ought to see the birth of Christ in light of the death of Christ....

          Have you ever noticed the many parallel details between Jesus’ birth and His death? Both are marked by stunning humiliation. The humiliations of His birth—namely, the social status of His family, the tedious journey to Bethlehem, the rejection at the inn, the manger-bed—these details seem warm and wonderful to us now, all wrapped up in the...

       “Reading matters”—my two-word summary of the last couple Pastor’s Heart columns. That’s why we have the internet, right? With just a point and a click, you can fill your computer screen with all sorts of stuff to read: news, how-to’s, celebrity gossip, blogs, scholarly essays, and other wiki-info. In fact, some people are so wired, they rarely hold an...

          In last week’s column, I challenged us to consider the ramifications of the fact that God revealed Himself to us in a book rather than via pictures, feelings, video, or other means. I derive from this that reading is of central importance in the lives of Christians (or at least it ought to be). I brought it up in connection with the fact...

          A package for me arrived in the mail on Tuesday. It was a slightly worn copy of the Norton Anthology of American Literature Third Edition Shorter. It was the text we used for a literature class in college, and I ordered it online last week. “Why?” is the obvious question you’re asking, right? (…I mean, besides the obvious attraction of the...

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