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On the Second Sunday in Advent we light the candle which represents the Peace of Bethlehem. If you’ve even paid paying attention to the news recently, you’ll know that ‘peace’ and ‘Bethlehem’ rarely appear in the same story. Whether its demonstrations over the Israeli occupation, or the Orthodox Priests and the Catholic Priests knocking heads over turf wars within the walls of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, there always seems to be trouble in Bethlehem.
This Sunday, we’ll look at two passages of Scripture, One Old Testament from Micah 5:1-5a, and one New Testament from Luke 2:1-7, and see if we can figure out why a place, over which we light candles to celebrate peace, seem to be so bereft of it.
[Editors Note: As a Presbyterian Church(USA) pastor, I am acutely aware of the toll that battles among “the faithful”, especially between pastors on opposite ends of an issue, can have not only on the individuals involved but also their churches. … Continue reading