Celebrating Advent

Historically, the Christian church has devoted the month of December to celebrating Advent (from the Latin adventus, which means “coming, arrival”). The first Advent was Jesus’ birth: when God himself took on flesh as a humble baby, born in a dirty stable. For centuries upon centuries, the Old Testament saints had anticipated the Messiah’s arrival. We,…

Thoughts on Mission and Halloween

Here are some perspectives on Halloween from Christians: On Mission This Halloween – Jeff Vanderstelt What does a Christian need to know about Halloween? – James Harleman What are your thoughts on Halloween? – John Piper Sent into the Harvest: Halloween on Mission – David Mathis

Happy May Day!

Originally posted on May 1, 2008 On Christmas Day, we put gifts underneath a pine tree, hang socks above the fireplace, kiss under weeds hanging on the ceiling, eat a lot of candy, leave cookies and milk out for Santa and perhaps, in some circumstances, might even sing happy birthday to Jesus.  Now that I think about…

If you only go to Bethlehem, you haven’t gone far enough.

Have you ever wondered why so many artists (who aren’t Evangelical Christians) have recorded classic Christmas hymns praising Jesus? Neil Diamond belting out “Silent Night.”  Mariah Carey performing “O Holy Night.”  Natalie Cole giving a stirring rendition of “The First Noel.”  The list goes on and on. Well, here’s a possible answer to my question:…

O Holy Night

Perhaps one of the best Christmas hymns ever written (theologically, lyrically, and musically), in my opinion. O Holy Night Written by Adolphe Adam.  Performed by Chris Tomlin. O holy night, the stars are brightly shining; It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth! Long lay the world in sin and error pining, Till He…

A Christmas Verse to Cling To

Though Jesus came as a meek, mild, poor baby born in a smelly, dirty cave, he came as a conquering General and Destroyer. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). It doesn’t get any more clear than that.  Amen.