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Away from the Manger Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)

Away from the Manger

Special Installment: Christmas Eve

A rash of baby Jesus thefts from living nativity scenes is ruining Christmas for some churches. Maybe that's a good thing.

At a Glance

There's been a rash of nativity-scene thefts. People are stealing baby Jesus. Now, a company offers to give churches GPS tracking devices to help them get their Jesuses back. But should the church want to give Jesus away?


Editors' Pick

For material based on this same gospel reading, see "The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up," December 24, 2004, at HomileticsOnline.com.


It's a familiar scene that we see everywhere at Christmas -- a loving mother and a slightly bewildered father, a group of awestruck shepherds, some regal wise men, a few assorted barn animals and, perhaps, a decked out camel all gathered in a stable to gaze with holy countenance upon a manger and the little one who's laid there.

One would hope.

You may not have noticed this, but apparently there's been a rash of thefts of baby Jesuses from outdoor nativity scenes around the country. Just Google "Stolen Baby Jesus" and you'll see page after page of stories about disheartened and disappointed churches having the holy...













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