Way In the Wilderness

Luke 3:1-6 by Carolyn Briggs In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, God’s word comes to John in the wilderness, far from the centers of Roman order and Jewish temple rites.  John is alone in the waterless wild, a landscape evocative of human...

Unexpected Fulfillment

Malachi 3:1-4 by Doug Anderson Advent celebrates the birth of the long-awaited Messiah, the one we know as Jesus. God fulfilled his promise, as foretold in Scripture, but the manner in which he did this was unexpected. The fulfillment did not fulfill the expectations...

Our Universal Family Tree

Luke 3:23-38 by Tom Graves Today’s passage is Luke’s version of the genealogy of Jesus. Genealogies were important in Jewish culture. Exodus 6 sets the pattern by providing a genealogy of Moses. A biblical priest had to prove an unbroken family line all the way back...

Angels Sing

Psalm 148:1-14 by Susan Rucker One of my favorite Christmas carols is “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.” I have always assumed that the carol was right, and the angels really did sing that night of Jesus’ birth. Not everyone agrees. In fact, on several Internet sites...

The Rest of the Story

Romans 1:1-7 by Susan Rucker Paul Harvey was an iconic radio personality. Broadcasting to a national audience from 1951 until his death in 2009, his Wall Street Journal obituary stated that his broadcasts brought in more than 10% of all of ABC radio’s advertising...