What if you’ve never truly heard the story you’ve heard a hundred times? In this episode (and post) I go in-depth with Luke 2:1-20 and explore these ancient towns, the threat of scandal, political contexts, shadowy shepherds, and the meaning of a Saviour, Messiah and Lord.
Just a great human teacher, or God-in-the-flesh? This post looks at 2 categories of passages: clear statements by Jesus himself, and things he did that only God could do. Listening option available.
After a brutal 2020, many of us feel like we’re playing hurt; maybe not physically, but in other ways. This message offers perspective and hope as we lick our wounds and peer into an uncertain 2021.
When we hear something so much, we stop hearing it. Instead of paying more attention, we pay less. So here’s an in-depth look at Jesus’ birth in Luke 2. [Audio version included.] Christmas is different, but still meaningful.
A word for my fellow Jesus-followers. Traditions? Yes. Traditionalism? No. Here’s the difference and some suggestions.
What are you facing in the next year? This Christmas Eve message explains ‘the courage equation’ and four ways to draw closer to God in the pursuit of courage.
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Some of you have questions about Christmas. But the season rushes at us with such fearsome fury that we do…
How old was Mary? Is Santa based on a saint? Is society becoming more hostile toward Christmas? This post answers these questions and more.
It can be a tough time of year — and not just for those who’ve had a tough year. Here’s one of the reasons why, and a suggestion for moving forward.
There are a lot of questions that come up at Christmas like: Was Jesus actually born on December 25? What does it matter that Mary
Is there a historical basis for Santa? Who were the wise men? Was Jesus actually born on December 25? Every year in December I start
I’ve had a burden on my soul since Easter. That was when—just days prior to the biggest Christian holiday of the year—Maclean’s Magazine published an
Here’s my latest song, “From Heaven to Earth.” Recorded live at Westminster on December 4th. To me, music can inspire dreams because it puts wings on words.
God of now, of this moment: You know what this year has been like—those awesome soul-smiling moments, and also those dark parts. Through it all
Was Jesus actually born on December 25? How does Santa fit into things? Is my nativity scene correct? Each year I get several questions about
It’s Christmas Day. A baby cries. It will not be the last time. A mother is tired. It will not be the last time. Hope
In 1939 Eugene was 7 years old. And his mother decided they would not get a Christmas tree. She was a woman of conviction and had seen
Christmas is like water. It can be a great source of nourishment—but it can also drown you. The beauty can be eclipsed by a distracted
I think we all want Christmas to be awesome. Filled with awe. And as I drive through the neighbourhoods and see multi-coloured lights going up
“We should get out of Christmas.” That’s what a very devout friend of mine recently said. She meant that we should just stop the whole