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The Christ We Need

The Christ We Need

Kevin T. Bauder Our understanding of Christ connects directly to the gospel. Gospel means good news. The goodness of the good news stands out only against the backdrop of the bad news, and the bad news is that we are sinners who stand under the just condemnation of the eternal God. The good news is… Continue Reading

The real reason Christmas is December 25

The real reason Christmas is December 25

Eric Erickson explains the roots of December 25 as the traditional celebration of Christmas, using exactly the explanation I teach in my classes. Spoiler alert: It has nothing to do with paganism. Source: ERICKSON: Why December Twenty-Fifth? | Daily Wire Continue Reading

The profound simplicity of “Away in a Manger”

The profound simplicity of “Away in a Manger”

Christmas: the one time of the year that most churches actually sing good hymns! Some of our traditional Christmas hymns really are quite profound, the queen of them all being “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.” Yet some Christmas hymns are far from perfect. Others have addressed the problems with some of these hymns. One hymn… Continue Reading

Was Jesus born in the bleak midwinter?

Was Jesus born in the bleak midwinter?

Understood as poet Christina Rosetti meant it, the answer to the question posed in the title of this post is, Yes. English poet Christina Rosetti penned the poem, originally titled “A Christmas Carol,” sometime before 1871 at the request of William James Stillman, editor of Scribner’s Monthly, where the poem was first published in January 1872. The… Continue Reading

Lesser Lights

Lesser Lights

Our celebration is a proclamation of lights. Are we celebrating the lesser lights that veil the Christ child Star? Celebrate to declare the past coming of the Savior in order to prepare for the surety of the King’s coming again. Don’t miss the star. Source: Don’t Miss the Star | Theological Matters Continue Reading

The Incarnation and Angelic Salvation

The Incarnation and Angelic Salvation

The apostle Paul clearly taught that Christ’s incarnation is essential to our salvation. He wrote to the Corinthians, “Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor. 15:22). To the Romans he added,… Continue Reading

Where is Christ in Christmas?

Where is Christ in Christmas?

The following article was originally published in the Nov/Dec 2006 edition of Frontline Magazine. Christmas—a very mention of the word produces delight and expectation in the hearts of people everywhere. Or does it? For some Christians, Christmas is a much-anticipated season to celebrate the birth of Christ. For others, it is also a time to encourage family… Continue Reading

When are the Twelve Days of Christmas?

When are the Twelve Days of Christmas?

You can’t escape them. There are 12 Days of Christmas contests on the radio, 12 Days of Christmas sales at the mall, 12 Days of Christmas charity drives, and, of course, that very long song. Most people (in America, at least) seem to assume that these infamous twelve days describe those leading up to Christmas Day,… Continue Reading

Which advent is in view in “Joy to the World”?

Which advent is in view in “Joy to the World”?

We are in the midst of a wonderful time in the year when we can reflect upon the advent of our Lord and the redemption that comes through faith in him. One of the most enjoyable ways to do this is through the singing of classic Advent and Christmas hymns. Songs like “Come, Thou Long Expected… Continue Reading

Order your Christmas Family Devotional Now!

Order your Christmas Family Devotional Now!

A few years ago we published a new daily devotional for the Christmas season by Pastor Taigen Joos that has been very well-received. This devotional is perfect for both families and individuals to use as they prepare to worship Christ during the Christmas season. Each daily reading is a rich, yet brief meditation on an event or characteristic… Continue Reading

Today is why Christmas is on December 25

Today is why Christmas is on December 25

Have you ever wondered Christians celebrate the incarnation of Jesus Christ on December 25? A common answer is that Emperor Constantine decided to celebrate Christmas on December 25 in order to consolidate his power with pagans who were accustomed to celebrating a winter pagan festival on that date. Thus he “Christianized” the pagan holiday. There… Continue Reading

This is the Truth Sent from Above

This is the Truth Sent from Above

The carol “This is the Truth Sent from Above” is a traditional carol whose text originates from words that first appeared in the 19th century. It is regrettable that many choirs leave many of the verses out (although it is impractical to sing all 16 verses that have been discovered). Still, the carol needs several stanzas… Continue Reading

Christians and Christmas

Christians and Christmas

I had to work my way through both college and grad school. Over the years I held a variety of jobs. I worked in a woodshop and a metal fabrication plant. I was a lifeguard at a community swimming pool. For several years I worked in warehouses. I ran a stitching machine in a bindery… Continue Reading

Is the secularization of Christmas anything new?

Is the secularization of Christmas anything new?

Every year about this time we begin to hear again about the “war on Christmas,” and this year is no different. Apparently Starbucks is the latest offender, with some Christians up in arms about the fact that the coffee shop unveiled a plain red “holiday cup” instead of their traditional “Christmas cup.” From boycotting companies… Continue Reading

Savior of the Nations, Come

Savior of the Nations, Come

Savior of the nations, come; Virgin’s Son, here make Thy home! Marvel now, O heaven and earth, That the Lord chose such a birth. Not by human flesh and blood; By the Spirit of our God Was the Word of God made flesh, Woman’s offspring, pure and fresh. Wondrous birth! O wondrous Child Of the… Continue Reading

The Mystery of the Incarnation

The Mystery of the Incarnation

The Church confesses the incarnation of Jesus Christ as a mystery. On the one hand He is “the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were… Continue Reading

It’s time to order your Christmas daily devotional – “Rejoicing in Christ, the Newborn King: 25 Meditations for Family Worship During the Christmas Season”

It’s time to order your Christmas daily devotional – “Rejoicing in Christ, the Newborn King: 25 Meditations for Family Worship During the Christmas Season”

Last year we published a new daily devotional for the Christmas season by Pastor Taigen Joos that was very well-received. This devotional is perfect for both families and individuals to use as they prepare to worship Christ during the Christmas season. Each daily reading is a rich, yet brief meditation on an event or characteristic of… Continue Reading

A Poem on the Hypostatic Union

A Poem on the Hypostatic Union

  The Hypostatic Union The Word set forth before the world began         Wrote out the mournful tune in minor key:         The crying of the infant Son of Man. There was no way that they could understand         How that small and helpless child could be         The Word set forth before the world began. Joseph wondered at… Continue Reading