There’s this thing we do as Christians, when other Christians ask us how our relationship with God is going, and we often answer in terms of how much time we’ve spent reading our Bibles or praying. If we’ve had a good stretch of devotional time, we say things are going pretty well. If we’ve been neglecting our devotions, we say things could be better.
Welcome back. I have missed your wisdom, the discipline of writing, the thinking it takes to craft something worth saying, the pursuit of sentences that ring (with beauty and truth), and the glory God gets when we treasure Him more each day. Here is what I have been learning since we last met.
Tonight, we celebrated the birth of Christ with our church community in song and reflection on God’s word. And I heard the most beautiful song, Come and Worship, for the first time.Continue →
Something’s wrong with me. I’m already feeling like Christmas is anticlimactic, and it’s not even Christmas yet. (And I’m making up words like anticlimacy). Most people reserve melancholy for after the fact, but not me. I like to get a jump on these sorts of things.Continue →
Isaiah told us that the coming Messiah would be called Immanuel, which means “God with us.” And this is beautiful: God, the maker of heaven and earth, the king of Israel, was coming to be with mankind. But “God with us” got me thinking about other aspects of our relationship with God. Here are three others to celebrate this Christmas:Continue →
Let’s commend Zechariah and Mary. Both were chosen by God for special tasks, both submitted themselves to God’s hand in their lives, both experienced the joy of raising Spirit-filled children, and both are held up as models of righteousness. But let’s also learn something from their two questions.Continue →
I love hymns. And I love Christmas hymns. And it just seems odd that so many people hear these hymns without ever really truly listening to them. There is amazing truth, and rich theology, in many of our tradition’s greatest hymns.Continue →
It’s difficult to think about what it might have been like for God at the coming of His Son, because His being outside of time (as our eternal God) and a God inside of time (as Jesus taking on flesh) make these kinds of statements difficult (and complicated). But perhaps we can make some observations about God’s supreme role in Christmas and reflect on the delight He must have had in telling this best of stories.Continue →
Above, you’ll notice that I said I would be writing once a day about all things Christmas. Well, I didn’t write anything the past two days. I could tell you I was busy, but that’s kind of the point.Continue →