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Christmas Eve Homily

Scripture: Luke 2: 1-20; John 1: 1-14
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Asheville, NC
December 24, 2019

“This is a story about vulnerability, marginalization, and a God who turns the world upside down. Too many Christians have been trying to avoid that truth these two millennia since. Too many Christians have been trying to use the story to protect the status quo, to deny that peace on earth means justice on earth—and that Jesus was a marginalized person who died trying to tell us the truth about ourselves, the truth that can set us free.”

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