Articles

  • 01-prince-peace2

    The Prince of Peace

    Sometimes it feels like the world is getting darker and colder all the time. When the sun sets, we look for some ray of hope. That hope is here. Two thousand years ago, over the town of Bethlehem, a new star shone and an angel proclaimed to a group of shepherds, “Behold, I bring you […]

  • 02-The-light-of-christmas

    The light of Christmas

    I was gathered with friends in a living room full of Christmas decorations. There were refreshments on the coffee table, and we were singing Christmas carols together. What could be more typical? But I live in Southeast Asia, and I was surrounded by local friends and was attempting to sing “O Holy Night” in a […]

  • 03-Christmas-rush

    Christmas rush or Christmas reason? 

    A few Christmases ago, as I was standing in the doorway of a department store, enjoying a lovely Nativity scene in a store window, a mother and her little girl came hurrying by. Catching a glimpse of the beautiful scene, the child grabbed her mother’s hand and exclaimed, “Mama! Mama! Please let me stop for […]

  • 04-the-everlasting-light

    The everlasting Light 

    The Christmas when I was six years old, I learned a poem titled “Where Jesus Was Born.” The poem tells the story of three boys who went to see Jesus. One was blind, another was deaf, and the third was lame. Despite their infirmities, they helped one another make their way to the manger where […]

  • 05-Christmas-prequel

    Christmas prequel

    The Gospel of John doesn’t tell the story of Jesus’ birth, but it tells us the prequel—the story that precedes what we are told in the birth narratives. This Gospel takes us back to the beginning, before our world existed, and tells us something about our Savior that was true well in advance of His […]

  • 06-A-real-tree

    A real tree 

    We children had always wanted a real Christmas tree—a tall, lavishly decorated one, like other families had. It would have “singing” lights, silver tinsel, and glass ornaments dressing its snow-topped branches. And of course, the space beneath it would be overflowing with presents. But as another December came, our living room remained bare. New Christmas […]