Easter deserves as much attention as Christmas as it is the culmination of the incarnation, well actually not quite, the Ascension is, another part of the story that deserves more attention. But I'm in danger of digressing! Back to Easter. The problem is, it's not about a little baby, and everyone loves a baby. Somehow … Continue reading Easter – Encountering and Delighting in the Love of God
At Christmas we sing, "God of God, Light of Light..." They are familiar words, easily sung, yet not so easily apprehended, and sadly left out of some modern arrangements. The words of course are not original to the carol, but come from the Nicene Creed, words rooted in the word, words thought about, discussed and … Continue reading If Jesus is not God…
In the familiar carol Away in a Manger, there is a line in the second verse that says, "no crying he makes." This seems to suggest that baby Jesus just doesn't cry, cannot cry. In other words right from the earliest of days, he really wasn't quite like us, he doesn't feel like us, he … Continue reading No Crying He Makes – Really?
Christmas is past, the New Year is in, and we've moved on, but the incarnation hasn't! The incarnation didn't stop at Christmas, Jesus didn't grow out of it. Neither did the incarnation stop when Jesus left the earth, He didn't ascend out of it. No it continues, an amazing, glorious truth we'd do well to … Continue reading It’s not over
Everyone wants to be loved. Love is essential to our existence. We were made to live in love, to receive and give love, That doesn't come by evolution, but by creation. We were made in the image of the One who is love, a Trinity of Being, Father, Son and Holy Spirit who have dwelt … Continue reading Loved
The incarnation didn't just happen, as we observed in the previous post God took a long time preparing for that first Christmas, and for very good reason. There was indeed much to be done, God couldn't just turn up. For God to come in Christ as he did, he needed to prepare the way, to … Continue reading God Couldn’t Just Turn Up – Israel’s Role in the Incarnation
When was the last time you heard a message about the ascension (if you've ever heard one)? What does the ascension mean to you? Most of us are familiar with the birth of Christ, his life, death and resurrection, and the giving of the Spirit at Pentecost, but when it comes to the ascension that's … Continue reading A Forgotten Yet Essential Truth