The cross is the focal point of the gospel. Paul says as much when he tells the church in Corinth that he “decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor 2:2). But just because the cross is the focus of the saving work of Christ, that doesn’t mean that theContinue reading “The “Other” True Meaning of Christmas”
A few weeks ago I found an old IPod shuffle. Its that one Ipod I lose about every 9 months and find it again in the most random place. Anyway I’m glad I found it because it has a random Christmas album from a bunch of “Tooth and Nail” and BEC artists. Well, it hasContinue reading “I Celebrate the Day”
For the last +2000 years, the church has reflected on and celebrated the birth of our Lord and Savior. This is how it all started. Merry Christmas!
“My mind goes quite giddy and I get goosebumps as I write this: God has come to be with us! The Lord of glory has made himself a closer friend than any other. No, not just close: the Bridegroom has made himself one with his dear Bride. Because of what the Son of God hasContinue reading “Christmas!”
What is the meaning of Christmas? Its quite simple – Matthew expresses it in just a couple of sentences in his gospel: She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins…they will call him “Immanuel” which means, “God withContinue reading “They Shall Call His Name “Immanuel””
Tonight on Christmas Eve we celebrate the fact that to us a Savior was born. He was born in the little town of Bethlehem to a faith-filled virgin. Hear what T.F. Torrance has to say about Mary and the pattern of grace we see in the virgin birth… In the virgin birth we are givenContinue reading “Hail Mary, Given Grace [T.F. Torrance and Grace in the Annunciation]”
Tonight we celebrate the wonderful truth that King Jesus was born as a humble child, but that even in his humble manger he lays as the King of Creation. We celebrate that the fact that His gospel is a gospel that brings peace between us and God, between us and other people, and between usContinue reading “O’ Holy Night”
I normally don’t do this sort of thing, but I know I just had to say something. The truth is, I’m not big on twitter feuds, blog feuds, family feuds, or the medieval feudal system, but when something says something that I feel has the potential to undercut an important element of our faith, IContinue reading “Why Christmas Needs Fog and Lasers – Or Some Implications of the Incarnation”
Christmas Eve is here… BE HAPPY!
Theologically awesome yet still awkward! (St. Nicholas) Credit to Yvonne Wilber over at EBC