What the (Other) Father of Jesus Can Teach Us About Christian Mission
in the Twenty-First Century
by Russell D. Moore
I played a cow in my first-grade school Christmas pageant. And I had more lines than the kid who played Joseph. The cattle were lowing and the baby was asleep, but Joseph never really had much to say. It seemed he was a prop for Mary and the doll in the manger. You could tell from his body language that he would stand by his Virgin when the innkeeper shrugged his shoulders at their request for a room, but there really wasn’t much else for him to do.
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Russell D. Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is a senior editor of Touchstone.
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