Christmas Day 2020: Michael Spencer on Christmas

Christmas Day 2020 Michael Spencer on Christmas (2005) It is the grand simplicity of the Good News that God enters the world through an event that, apart from two Gospel accounts, would be unknown. The life of Jesus, from beginning to end, is the life of the poor, the lowly, the unknown and the insignificant.Continue reading “Christmas Day 2020: Michael Spencer on Christmas”

Randy Thompson: Christmas Cheer and the Fear of the Lord

Christmas Cheer and the Fear of the Lord by Randy Thompson And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. (Luke 2:8, KJV) In reading Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus, we tend to go flying past “and the glory of the Lord shoneContinue reading “Randy Thompson: Christmas Cheer and the Fear of the Lord”

Sermon: The first family Christmas

Note from CM: We are on the road for a few days, so no Sunday sermon for this post. Here is the sermon I preached on Christmas Eve, giving a different perspective on what that first Christmas might have been like. • • • Sermon: Christmas Eve 2019 The first family Christmas The Lord beContinue reading “Sermon: The first family Christmas”

Christmas and the Empty Chair

Dear imonk friends. On Tuesday night’s Christmas Eve Service I shared some thoughts on what Christmas means to me after a year of great loss and pain. I am posting them here in hopes it may help someone.   2019 has been the worst year of my life. I won’t go into details, but justContinue reading “Christmas and the Empty Chair”

“God’s people have begun to know the manger of their Lord.”

The great Raymond E. Brown has often been a guide to me when it comes to the Christmas narratives in the New Testament. Here is an example of his insight — applied to the Christmas Eve Gospel (Luke 2). May God grant us all a blessed Christmas Eve. • What is of importance is theContinue reading ““God’s people have begun to know the manger of their Lord.””

Randy Thompson: Christmas Lights & Christmas Music

Christmas Lights & Christmas Music A Christmas Meditation, 2018, by Randy Thompson Tops on the list of what I love most about Christmas are the season’s lights and music. Although I am not one to outline our house in multi-colored lights or set up lit-up inflatable reindeers, snowmen and Santa Clauses all over the yard,Continue reading “Randy Thompson: Christmas Lights & Christmas Music”

Another Look: The Strangeness of Christmas

The story of Jesus has no bite. A tame “baby Jesus” makes his annual, heart-warming appearance, and leaves us largely un-bothered and un-changed. Yet when I read the two Gospel accounts, I am struck by how strange these narratives are, unsettling and fantastical at every corner. • W. David O. Taylor • • • ThankContinue reading “Another Look: The Strangeness of Christmas”