By now, most of us in the West are up to our necks in holiday commercialization. Far too many of us feel like we’re once again stumbling toward Christmas, exhausted and depleted by the most consumeristic season in history’s most…Continue Reading
Blog Posts on The Birth of Christ
God is an Author. This world is his story. We are his characters.
I first heard of the analogy sitting in a college philosophy class, and I’ve used it ever since. I find it personally fruitful and pastorally helpful in…Continue Reading
The Apostle Paul wrote, “O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55). Anyone grieving the death of someone they love deeply will say that “sting” hardly begins to describe the pain.
And Christmas often heightens this pain. Certain decorations…Continue Reading
Jesus troubles those who don't worship him. That's the situation of Matthew 2, as John Piper explains in today's Advent reading:
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold,…
Who has time to celebrate Advent? That’s my initial thought each year.
But that’s the point. Advent takes time. It cannot be microwaved, it cannot be compressed into 24 hours, and it cannot be sped up to the bustling speed…Continue Reading
Charles Spurgeon on December 24, 1854:
Feast, Christians, feast; you have a right to feast. Go to the house of feasting to-morrow, celebrate your Saviour’s birth; do not be ashamed to be glad; you have a right to be happy.…
Behold, magi from the east came to Jerusalem . . . (Matthew 2:1)
Matthew says "behold" to make sure he has our attention. He knows how prone we are to fall asleep while we're reading.
"Wake up. Make sure you're…Continue Reading
His infinite condescension marvelously appeared in the manner of his birth. He was brought forth in a stable because there was no room for them in the inn. The inn was taken up by others, that were looked…
K. Scott Oliphint writes,
What then does Paul mean when he says that this preincarnate Son, who was in the form of God but who took on the form of a servant “made himself nothing”?. . .
We are, says…