In part 1, Birthday Party Gone Awry, I considered the significance of the dance at Herod’s birthday party. For it was the dance that put the fate of John the Baptist in a girl’s hand. Here, I reflect on Jesus’ response to the tragic news.
Matthew 14:13 says, “Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself.”
John the Baptist played a unique role in the life and ministry of Jesus. He leaped inside his mother’s womb when he le
It was the best birthday party ever! I was turning 9.
After Sunday church service, we headed to our local McDonald’s. A section of the restaurant was marked reserved by red and yellow balloons. The hostess welcomed us by directing our excitement to a pile of empty BigMac styrofoam containers (this was pre recycled paper wrappers and I’m convinced, when the sandwich patties were bigger) and Happy Meal boxes for some friendly games. The celebration continued with us kids
What Difference Does the Gospel Make? A few years ago, I recall staring at the common manger scene that embodied Christmas. My gaze was accompanied by a question that begged for an answer. “What difference does the gospel make?” Fast forward a few months from then, it was another hallmark of the Christian faith (Good Friday and Easter). I found myself in a familiar place as my eyes noticed the cross that otherwise disappeared into the backdrop of the church’s sanctuary. Thi