Author: Aaron and Michelle

Reflections on Sin, the Fall and Our Life in Christ in The Plumpest, Purplest Grape

In the midst of the myriad of Christian children’s literature today, which often times feels over commercialized and pre-patterned, it is often times hard to find a unique gem – a book that is unique, personal and new. I believe Dawn Trappen has created a new wheel, as it were, in the children’s genre with her recently published book, The Plumpest, Purplest Grape (2017). It is personally written and hand-illustrated, and though it is not a well-known book, much more attention should be given to these kinds of local upstarts. The Plumpest, Purplest Grape is filled with both echoes...

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Embracing Conflict at Christmas

The Advent of Jesus is not just a time of joy; it is also a time of conflict. In the latter half of Simeon’s proclamation in Luke 2:33–35, He explains that the Child will also bring conflict. He says, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed” (verse 34–35). The Child that Simeon has now just handed back to Joseph and Mary, this Child will cause people in...

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Holy Service For Advent

In Luke 2:21–24, we read of Jesus as a baby, but in doing so we are presented with a glimpse of the holy service Jesus will perform as an adult. In other words, we see an important connection between his initial coming and his subsequent activities. While this passage is rarely taught, we believe there is much to learn about Jesus – as both baby and man – by reflecting on the events that unfold here. The scene unfolds with the gospel writer, Luke, telling us that eight days have passed since Jesus was born. This is noteworthy because...

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