Only in fiction can one imagine a lamb becoming a shepherd! That would be quite a role reversal. Yet there in the book of Revelation, with the prophecy of the “great multitude which no one could count” worshiping before the throne of God, we are told that “the Lamb in the center of the throne shall be their shepherd” (Revelation 7:17a).[Read more…]
Archives for November 2020
Questions We Wonder about Christmas.
Where did the word “Christmas” come from, and what does it mean?
First called the Feast of the Nativity and recognized as early as A.D. 273, the custom spread to Egypt by 432, and to England by the end of the sixth century. By the end of the eighth century, the celebration of Christmas had spread all the way to Scandinavia.
The end of the word (“mas”) in English is “missa” in Latin, a form of the verb “mittere” which means “to send.” Thus Christmas is literally “Christ is sent” or “the sending of Christ.”[Read more…]
Jesus: The Lion and the Lamb
In the creative series, The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis portrayed a lion (Aslan) who in love gives his life as an atoning death on a stone table, and then in resurrection power conquers evil and its consequences forever. Everyone acquainted with this series knows that you can’t help but love the peaceful, sensitive, patient, all-knowing, righteous, and victorious lion.[Read more…]
2020 October: Moscow – St. Petersburg – Istanbul – Minnesota
Back in Minnesota, alive and well! Actually, my test results for the virus are due tomorrow but I feel fine and have no symptoms. Praise the Lord![Read more…]