We Kiwi Christians can be a bit confused when it comes to celebrating Christmas. Easter is easier – Easter bunny is clearly a crock and we find it reasonably easy to claim Easter as a […]
During advent we are accustomed to thinking about Christ coming to bring peace on earth (Luke 2:13-14), but what about this: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I […]
The comfort offered to Israel is that God Himself will come to them, and God Himself comes to each of us in the Person of Jesus Christ.
We are familiar with Hollywood’s hype and the careful cultivation of anticipation by Apple for their latest gadget. Some of us even remember the eager anticipation and excitement surrounding the wedding of Charles and Diana. The […]
Pondering the curious situation in which Jesus, who is the “light of the world”, needs John the Baptist to go ahead of Him as a witness to the light.
“Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” (Mark 10:15). Remember what Christmas felt like when you were a child: the excited expectation […]
Luke 2:8-20 captures the wonder and glory of the incarnation of God as a baby boy. This is one of the few times during his earthly ministry when the glory of Jesus is glimpsed. An […]
Take a few minutes to read this excellent interpretation of Joseph’s perspective on Jesus’ birth: Joseph: (Un)Planned Detours
I was provoked by a Christmas carol this morning. ‘Away in a Manger’ was playing on the bus as I came to work: The cattle are lowing the Baby awakes but little Lord Jesus no […]