I remember many a bulletin as a child in which the service order was printed line for line, item for item, song for song. I particularly remember a funny word at the very end of the service: the benediction. But what in the world is it?
We find ourselves today not crossing seas on dry land, raising the dead, or calling fire down from Heaven; but living seemingly normal, average, and even mundane lives. How ordinary.
Christmas and Easter do indeed have a lasting and perpetual hold on even the most staunchly evangelical-Protestant hearts and minds. The problem is, there's more to the story of Christ and the gospel than Christmas and Easter.
"All you young people want to do is wail at the feet of Jesus," some friends of mine were once told concerning the songs they had chosen for a worship gathering. Does God want us to "wail," to him? Isn't worship about celebration and forgetting your troubles? We need to rediscover the lament.
Christmas is a time for joy, a time for happiness, a time when we celebrate light and life. We celebrate the wonder of the Son of God who became a man in the form of a little baby. We commemorate the birth of the Savior with quaint displays of Mary and Joseph huddling over the … Continue reading Why did God Become a Man? Part I- To Share in our Suffering
In the midst of pitch darkness, the light from one solitary candle breaks through the blackness and pierces through with clarity and brilliance. For nearly four-hundred years, the people of Israel had heard no word from the Lord. He who had cast down mighty Egypt, gave them the Promised Land, and ruled over them through mighty … Continue reading Advent: A Glimmer in the Darkness