Posts by Phil Moran

Posts by Phil Moran

The Light Shines

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life,and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it . . . And the Word became flesh and dwelt…

Leaping for Joy

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.  And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb.  And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit…”  (Luke 1:39-41, ESV) Modern medical science tells us something I suspect mothers have always…

He Who Is Mightier Than I

John answered them all saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”  (Luke 3:16, ESV) If there’s one thing we Americans believe in, it’s equality.  It’s in our founding creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men…

Stay Awake!

  “Therefore, stay awake – for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the cock crows, or in the morning – lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.  And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake!”– Jesus (Mark 13:35-37, ESV) Advent is a time not only to remember the first coming of Jesus Christ into the world, but…

The Straight Way

And John went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’”  (Luke 3:3-4, ESV) People are crooked, our souls twisted.  This is ancient biblical…

Star of Wonder

And behold, the star they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.  And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him.  (Matthew 2:9-11, ESV) Perhaps they saw the extremely rare conjunction of Venus…

The Journey

 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?  For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”  (Matthew 2:1-2) Every human story is about a journey and a search.  You leave home to go to college, or to work, or to…

The Herod In Me

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?  For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.  When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.”  (Matthew 2:1-2, ESV) The season of…

Joseph’s Dream

“Her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream…” (Matthew 1:19-20, ESV) We dream a lot of strange things.  I have not been a formal student since 1985, but I still sometimes dream I’m back on the campus and I’ve signed up for…

A Wonderful Movie that Misses the Point

Frank Capra’s classic film It’s a Wonderful Life is an American Christmas icon.  For many, including me, December isn’t complete without watching it at least once.  I was around ten years old the first time I saw it and I was captivated.  I wanted to be a part of it.  I wanted to live in Bedford Falls, eat ice cream at Mr. Gower’s drug store, go to the dance at the high…
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