Until the Son of God Appeared
Dec 1, 2013
Finally, the son was born. Generation after generation had anticipated his birth and the world desperately needed him. Desperately. Each day was a gloomy cloud of night. The darkness of death’s shadow filled the earth. Strife and quarrels multiplied without…
The Hopes and Fears of All the Years
Dec 8, 2013
Bethlehem was, is, and likely always will be, just a small town — a small town steeped in ancient history. In the first century, the historical marker at the center of town — if they posted such historical markers —…
Let Us Adore Him
Dec 15, 2013
Advent is not just about acknowledging Jesus, but adoring him. Christmas is not first about witness, but about worship. So, come, all ye faithful. Come, joyful and triumphant. Let us adore our Christ. But beware your standard of who can…
World, Get With the Program: Joy! Joy! Joy!
Dec 22, 2013
Isaac Watts wrote “Joy to the World” as Part Two of a meditation on Psalm 98. His title was: “The Messiah’s Coming and Kingdom.” Most agree he was writing about the second coming of Christ, not Christmas.
Joy to the World
Dec 2, 2014
The story of the world meeting Jesus in the flesh is a story of the world finally finding full joy in God. Joy to the World sings this climax of history. Download Shane & Shane's new version of the song for free.
The Little Drummer Boy in All of Us
Dec 7, 2014
“Little Drummer Boy” might be one of the strangest Christmas songs out there, or so it seems. He actually has something to teach us.
One Carol, Three Marriages (O Come All Ye Faithful)
Dec 14, 2014
Dissecting Christmas carols can be musical murder. Unless the disassembly fits together again more beautifully and more fully felt. That’s my goal. And “O Come All Ye Faithful” is near the top of my favorites.
Glory to God in the Lowest
Dec 21, 2014
It may be the greatest choral presentation in the history of the world. One nameless angel had the honor of playing the lead, with a veritable angelic multitude behind him. But no tickets were sold, and the show was not…
What Child Is This?
Poverty, Not a Palace, for the Greatest King
Dec 6, 2015
The light and joy of Christmas are hollow at best, even horrifying, if we miss the link between the manger and the cross.
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Dec 13, 2015
As we move toward Christmas, most Christians experience excitement mixed with sadness. “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” matches music and message to meet that experience.