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The Parable Principle

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The Parable Principle

Depending on whom you ask, it has been some 2,000 years since Jesus' birth. That's a lot of Christmases. We all know that any event, even something as amazing as the Incarnation of the Son of God, will eventually start to feel stale. This shouldn't surprise us. We all know our human tendency to let important events fade in wonder as the years go by. After all, how many years does it take for a husband to forget his wedding anniversary or for a child to forget her parents' birthdays? If you're anything like me it sure won't take 2,000 years.

Despite how natural this tendency is, our first instinct is to beat ourselves up for feeling distant from the Christmas story, as if feeling guilty about our lack of connection to Christmas might somehow spark newfound appreciation. Sure, this approach might help for a single season, but the following year, I'm usually right back where I started from, struggling to find inspiration. And even worse is that the sermons that ...

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December 07, 2015  10:08am

Peter, this is a nice article. But please correct the use of the phrase "immaculate conception." I think you meant to say Incarnation. The Immaculate Conception is a phrase developed by the Roman Catholic Church in 1854 to define the conception of the Virgin Mary in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne, free from original sin. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Mary was conceived by normal biological means, but God acted upon her soul (keeping her "immaculate") at the time of her conception. The Immaculate Conception is commonly and mistakenly taken to mean the conception of Mary's son Jesus Christ in her own womb, and the virgin birth of Jesus. These are covered by the doctrine of the Incarnation, while the Immaculate Conception deals with the conception of Mary herself, not that of her son.

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Nathan Dunman

December 07, 2015  9:59am

Well said. We must at times seek to refresh that which already holds power. Remembering when we are moved is a key to remembering the movement of our soul.

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