Then in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by Adonai into a town in the Galilee named Natzeret and to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Miriam (Mary). And coming to her, the angel said, “Shalom, favored one! Adonai is with you.”…
Christmas 2021: This is Christ the King
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding…
Christmas 2020: What Child is This?
2020 cannot escape my yearly Christmas message. In past years I’ve highlighted reflections on different Christmas hymns, but this year I’ll start with a very short story. Twelve years ago, while sitting in a coffee shop, I was approached by a Jewish man. He could see that I was reading my bible and remarked multiple…
Holy Night & Fully Human
Holy Night & Fully Human: December 2019
O Come, Desire of Nations Bind
Merry Christmas! O come, Desire of nations, bind In one the hearts of all mankind; Bid every strife and quarrel cease And fill the world with heaven’s peace. -verse seven of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel Christmas has become a very important season to me. In recent years I have spent the season reflecting on…
This, This is Christ the King
Have you ever imagined yourself in Jesus’ shoes? Christmas is a time that focuses on the most ‘human’ aspect of Christ. I don’t know if I will ever fully wrap my head around God becoming a man, much less coming the natural way as a baby born of a woman.
Born That Man No More May Die
Merry Christmas! Most years, during the Christmas season, the Holy Spirit will highlight a particular lyric from a Christmas hymn that becomes my meditation throughout Christmas. This year, the Lord emphasized a lyric from Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Mild He lays His glory by; Born that man no more may die Born to raise the sons of…
“For the Slave is our Brother”
Greetings Beloved, It is the most wonderfully misunderstood time of the year. I, for one, love Christmas. I fully understand that Jesus wasn’t actually born on December 25th, that Christmas trees actually have nothing to do with a Christian Christmas, and neither do cookies and exchanging presents. Nevertheless, I celebrate Jesus’ birthday, light a tree,…