Mary’s Three Gifts: #3 – Manger

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Mary's Three Gifts

Mary granted Jesus three gifts (Lk. 2:7 ESV): “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” Perhaps no gift was so radical as the gift of the manger. Few mothers would have given […]

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Mary’s Three Gifts: #2-Swaddling Cloths

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Mary's Three Gifts

Help Unwanted        Many  years ago I was trying to decide whether to remain in my current job or take a just-offered alternative. The choice was excruciating. The old occupation would keep me close to family. And I was excelling at the work. The new position offered once-in-a-lifetime potential for growth. For months […]

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Mary’s Three Gifts: #1-Birth

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  Contemptible Creche A friend recently shared with me how his wife set out a favorite nativity set on their coffee table. It was one of those artistic sets which catches the eye and calls for attention. A work of art. But when Mom’s back was turned, her toddler toddled by with Sharpie in hand […]

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Book Review of Philip Yancey’s “Vanishing Grace”

This entry is part 27 of 27 in the series Book Reviews

            “If the good news is true, why is no one pleased to hear it?”          This quote from a Walker Percy novel sums up the mystery explored in Philip Yancey’s latest, Vanishing Grace: Whatever Happened to the Good News?  The mystery is not a new knot for Yancey. He attempted to […]

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