The Whole Nativity Scene (is God really good all the time?)

Rev. Shane L. Bishop

Bishop Family 1969

The Whole Nativity Scene


Luke’s Gospel gives us an interesting assortment of Christmas story characters.  They range from the Emperor Augustus, the most powerful man in the world to small town shepherds, tying hundreds of thousands of others for the least powerful man in the world.  They hail from heaven, a city not of this world to Rome, the most important city in their world to Nazareth, a “don’t blink or you will miss it” community which was hoping to get a Casey’s.  There are Jews and Gentiles, rich and the poor, expressives and introverts, men and women, artists and laborers, animals and angels.  It is a cacophony of characters with little in common other than they were all stood in need of a savior and got caught in the Christmas photo.  We call it the photo the nativity scene and what a scene it was.

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Published by Rev. Shane L. Bishop

Senior Pastor of Christ Church, Fairview Heights, IL since 1997. I am an orthodox Christian but I am not in a bad mood about it. A Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church.

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