'I share this song because I assume you also need its precious reminder. And perhaps it will tap into your piercing, sweet, inconsolable secret too.'
'Christmas is not small. It is the decisive entrance into our world of the greatest plan in the universe — no, before and above the universe!'
'Paul is not saying nothing bad will come our way in the Christian life; he is saying that God can take whatever comes and make it serve our good.'
'One Brit gave a German a haircut. Some reportedly raced bikes they found in abandoned houses. They fought ferociously -- on the soccer field.'
Neither Mary’s song, nor Christmas itself, is a peripheral revelation of the true God. Christmas is a window into his very heart, who he is year round and forever.
When you come before God today in the moments after committing some sin, you do not need to stumble through the forests of guilt and self-reproach.
God is free, in his justice, to lavish us with all the unspeakably great new covenant promises.
'Christmas marked the beginning of God’s most successful setback.He has always delighted to show his power through apparent defeat.'
'How do people who have experienced the miracle of new birth deal with their own sinfulness as they try to enjoy the full assurance of their salvation?'
'Then came the morning of the dragon’s nightmare, the morning the Son of the High King arose from his bed of blood and stood, indestructible, unassailable, upon strong feet, scarred but without bruise.'