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Was Jesus Born in a Barn, Cave, or House?

The question “Where was Jesus born?” is surprisingly tricky. The easy answer is, “In Bethlehem.” Yes, but where? The typical nativity scene features the holy family in a stable that looks like a barn, separate from the Inn, where there was no room. But is this accurate? Most historians and scholars say, “Not so much.”

Recovering our Fear

The following quote comes from Bonhoeffer’s sermon on the first Sunday of Advent in 1935 as Hitler’s power in Germany was increasing. Keep Bonhoeffer’s context in mind as you read this excerpt from this Advent sermon based out of Revelation 14:6-13.

What is Advent? (not only for Catholics)

What is Advent and is it only for Catholics? Protestants celebrate advent too, because it’s centered on the gospel of grace.

Why Did Jesus Come? For These Two Reasons…

Jesus was born to bring salvation and judgment. Salvation for God’s people. Judgment against the devil. This is why Christmas is good news.

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