Episode 303 - Rethinking the Birth of Jesus Part 1

Transforming Mission Podcast with Tim Bias & Sara Thomas

Dec 19 2023 • 12 mins

In episode 303 of the podcast, Tim and Sara discuss rethinking the birth of Jesus, using Marcus Borg's phrase 'seeing Jesus again for the first time' as a jumping-off point. They explore the story of the annunciation to Mary, the power of the Incarnation, and Mary's reaction to the news she received from the angel Gabriel as a testament to encountering the divine in the midst of the ordinary.

They engage with questions and uncertainties about Mary's unique situation and discuss how these moments of divine disruption can serve as a way for us to see Jesus again for the first time.

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00:00 Introduction and Welcome

00:47 Rethinking the Birth of Jesus

01:20 Seeing Jesus Again for the First Time

02:54 Reading the Scripture: Luke 1, verses 26 through 38

04:31 Interpreting the Scripture: Mary's Encounter with the Divine

08:35 Mary's Response and the Essence of Discipleship

09:06 Seeing Jesus Anew: The Gospel Through Mary's Eyes

09:53 Reflections on the Christmas Story

11:22 Closing Remarks and Invitation for Feedback