24-Dec-19 “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” Those are some of the most familiar words in all of the Scriptures. They are simple and straight-forward words, and the stunning thing […]
Month: December 2019
Joseph Strives For Grace
22-Dec-19 Matthew 1:18-25 It is quite possible that Joseph might have missed Christmas. There’s a whole lot of space between his discovery that his intended had been unfaithful, and his angelic visitation. Much could have happened, and much did happen in that intervening space. It is only in our romanticizing of the Christmas story that […]
Are We To Wait For Another?
08-Dec-19 Matthew 11:2-6 Christmas can sometimes be a rather wonderful time of year, filled with the pleasant aromas of love, peace, joy and hope. It is after all, the coming of salvation into our lives. Christmas has also, as we know, become some other stuff; stuff that often puts a tremendous burden on us that […]
Beyond The Lesser Connections
01-Dec-19 Matthew 3:1-12 Given the opportunity, most of us would say that John the Baptist has about as much to do with Christmas as does Santa Claus. Or, maybe we’d give good old Santa a slight edge over John. They might both wear really strange clothes, but at least Santa’s are red. If Santa had […]