An interview to start us off

Wow!  I did not expect the enthusiastic response to this idea!  Thank you for your comments here, and at the church.  I’ve heard many of you have acquired the book and are starting to read and are waiting for more info from me …

So here is a teaser to get you going, an interview done with John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg, writers of The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’ Birth.


And here is a tentative schedule of upcoming posts on the book itself:

Throughout Advent, I aim to update Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Each day I’ll deal with a chapter of the book, as outlined below:

Part 1: Parable, Overture and Context

  • Sunday December 3: The Stories of the First Christmas
  • Tuesday December 5: Parables as Overtures
  • Thursday December 7: The Context of the Christmas Stories

Part 2: Genealogy, Conception, and Birth

  • Sunday December 10: Genealogy as Destiny
  • Tuesday December 12: An Angel Comes to Mary
  • Thursday December 14: In David’s City of Bethlehem

Part 3: Light, Fulfillment, and Joy

  • Sunday December 17: Light Against the Darkness
  • Tuesday December 19: Jesus as the Fulfillment of Prophecy
  • Thursday December 21: Joy to the World

Appendix 3: Thursday December 28:   Jesus’s Coming-of-Age in Luke

Feel free to post any initial responses here, and I’ll post another introductory post next Tuesday, November 28th.

Join me for an Advent Read Along

This Advent, for my Spiritual Practice, I will be reading The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’ Birth by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan.

I am hoping some of you will read along with me.

I will post here a few times a week with my reflections and thoughts, and hope you will comment with your thoughts and reflections as well!    Please comment below and let me know if you’ll be joining me.

More information to come next week!