I've been doing sermon prep today and have found a conundrum. One of the lectionary passages this week is from Matthew 2:
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him."
My secondary sources indicate that magi really cannot be faithfully rendered as "wise men", but that the Greek term truly refers to a diviner, astrologer, or magician.
Now only a fool believes in astrology, and the Biblical prohibition against witchcraft and divination is quite strong. That makes this passage difficult, as astrology guided the magi to Jesus. The magi are not condemned for occult activity, unlike Simon of Samaria, Elymas, and the sons of Sceva in the Book of Acts.