Can itinerant preachers be part of a revival – a reimagining of American mainline Christianity that brings people back to pews?

Lessons from the Magi on being simultaneously threatened and “overwhelmed by joy.” For liturgical calendar–watchers and church history enthusiasts, Epiphany ranks as the third most important event of the church year, right after Easter and Pentecost. It was one thing for Israel’s King to be born among Jewish shepherds and angels. Quite another to have him revealed as the King of the Gentiles too. Epiphany means revelation, and with the revelation of Jesus to the Magi, God’s plan to save his chosen people turns out to be a plan to save the whole world. By the time we get to…