Gifts, presents, and Christmas resources for all! In this episode, I share lots of fun seasonal articles, sermons, and resources for you to further explore! Read more about the Magi: "Seeing Ourselves in the Story of the Magi" at IMB.org"Wise Men, Magi, or Kings? It's Complicated." at Christianity Today"We _______ Kings: How Many Wise Men … Continue reading Christmas: Reformers, Unicorns, Grinches, and More!
One of the first Christmas carols ever sung wasn't written at Christmas at all--but six months earlier. And it wasn't sung at the birth of Jesus, either. It was sung at the birth of his cousin John. When it comes to recounting the Christmas story, I suspect most of us begin in Luke chapter 2: … Continue reading The Unexpected Joy of the Christmas
(Originally published December 2015) Perhaps like me you were drawn in by several articles this Advent season claiming we have gotten several details wrong in the Christmas story. There was this article at TGC, this one at Answers in Genesis, and this chapter by Kenneth Bailey all taking issue with the phrase "because there was no room for … Continue reading So Was It an Inn in Bethlehem, or Not?
If you own Songs for Christmas by Sufjan Stevens, then you know that when you bought the album, you got a whole lot more than just music. You received a box full of Christmas cheer, complete with a comic book, stickers, and a bizarre festive fold-out poster of Sufjan sitting in with someone else's family. … Continue reading “Joy to the World” Guitar Tabs (Sufjan Stevens)
(Taken from Awaiting the Christ Child--DECEMBER 1-21 NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD) December 18th: Jeremiah & The Hope for the Exiles Who is the most powerful person you know? A President? A King? A Ruler? What if God gave you the power to say one word and cause the most powerful rulers, kings, and nations … Continue reading Jeremiah & The Hope for the Exiles (Advent Devotional)
It's December 1st, and last Friday was Black Friday, which probably means your Christmas shopping is in full swing. If you've lived in the Evangelical world for any number of Christmases, you have probably run into many different methodologies when it comes to giving Christmas gifts--especially to your kids. The next generation of Christian parents … Continue reading Christmas Gifts: Are You Grinchy or Gracious?
Here's a short music update to interrupt your regularly schedule Christmas decorating: Smalltown Poets has a Christmas album. The band who first appeared in 1997 with a self-titled debut didn't put anything out since "Listen Closely" in 2006; however, this Christmas album has everything: Nostalgia from a 90s band I used to love √ That … Continue reading Smalltown Poets | Christmas