Have you ever stopped to think about it - what if there had never been a first Christmas? What might our world have looked like? What difference would it have made if Jesus had never been born? You might start with removing the gifts, then the lights, followed by the tree and the tinsel... Then … Continue reading What if Christmas had never happened?
Easter – Encountering and Delighting in the Love of God
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
If Jesus is not 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…
No Crying He Makes – Really?
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?
It’s not over
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