Top Ten Archeological Discoveries in 2011 . . . Plus a Concern About Texas

I always enjoy reading the blog of Dr. Claude Mariottini, Professor of Old Testament at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. One of the things he does is to link to fascinating articles that I would surely miss without his guidance. One such article appeared on Archaeology, the website of the Archaeological Institute of America. It featured [Read More...]

Keeping Christmas Well: Offer Your Body to God

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Romans 12:1 Do our bodies really matter? Or are they [Read More...]

Keeping Christmas Well: Approach God with Boldness

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:16 If we’re sinful people, how is it possible for us to come into the presence of a sinless, perfect God? And if [Read More...]

Keeping Christmas Well: Remember That Jesus Understands

Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested. Hebrews 2:18 Does God understand us? How does God regard us when we struggle? When we’re discouraged? When we’re tempted? Hebrews 2:10-18 offers an encouraging answer to these questions. As we saw in yesterday’s Reflection, [Read More...]

Keeping Christmas Well: Receive the Forgiveness of Jesus

Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Hebrews 2:14 How can we escape from the power of sin and [Read More...]

Keeping Christmas Well: Know God through Jesus the Son

No one has ever seen God. But the one and only Son is himself God and is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us. John 1:18 How do we know God? How can we know God, not just theologically, but relationally? Let’s keep these questions in mind as we turn to [Read More...]

Keeping Christmas Well: Focus on the Incarnation

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. John 1:14 Today is the second installment in a series of reflections called Keeping Christmas Well. If you missed my introduction [Read More...]

A Doodle for Christmas Day

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Christmas Day, December 25. For the last seven years, I have put up an online Advent calendar during the season of Advent. It featured pictures suitable for the season, matched with passages of Scripture. This year, I’m doing an online Advent Calendar [Read More...]

Keeping Christmas Well: Like Ebenezer Scrooge

Illustration from the first edition of A Christmas Carol. The transformed Scrooge enjoying some Smoking Bishop with Bob Cratchit.

Keeping Christmas Well…Like Ebenezer Scrooge Luke 2:1-16 She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. Luke 2:7 In the first stave of Charles Dickens’ classic story, A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge didn’t [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Saturday, December 24

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Saturday, December 24. For the last seven years, I have put up an online Advent calendar during the season of Advent. It featured pictures suitable for the season, matched with passages of Scripture. This year, I’m doing an online Advent Calendar once [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Friday, December 23

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Friday, December 23. For the last seven years, I have put up an online Advent calendar during the season of Advent. It featured pictures suitable for the season, matched with passages of Scripture. This year, I’m doing an online Advent Calendar once [Read More...]

Christmas According to Dickens: What Changed Ebenezer Scrooge? What Changes Us? (Part 2)

A boy in El Niño.

Part 14 of series: Christmas According to Dickens What Changed Ebenezer Scrooge? What Changes Us? (Part 2) Yesterday, I began to gather together the strands of this series and weave some conclusions about what transforms us. I suggested that: • Transformation begins when something interrupts our ordinary experience. • Transformation comes through pain. • Transformation [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Thursday, December 22

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Thursday, December 22. For the last seven years, I have put up an online Advent calendar during the season of Advent. It featured pictures suitable for the season, matched with passages of Scripture. This year, I’m doing an online Advent Calendar once [Read More...]

Christmas According to Dickens: What Changed Ebenezer Scrooge? What Changes Us?

An autographed manuscript of A Christmas Carol. From the Morgan Library and Museum.

Part 13 of series: Christmas According to Dickens What Changed Ebenezer Scrooge? What Changes Us? I’m finally ready to answer the question that has guided much of this series on A Christmas Carol: Why did Ebenezer Scrooge change? Today I want to sum up what we’ve discovered and make some connections to our own experience. [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Wednesday, December 21

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent Doodle for Wednesday, December 21. For the last seven years, I have put up an online Advent calendar during the season of Advent. It featured pictures suitable for the season, matched with passages of Scripture. This year, I’m doing an online Advent Calendar once [Read More...]

Christmas According to Dickens: Evidence of Scrooge’s Changed Life: Stave V

John Leech’s illustration from the first edition of A Christmas Carol. Scrooge and Bob Cratchit enjoy some “smoking bishop” as they discuss Cratchit’s job and family.

Part 12 of series: Christmas According to Dickens Evidence of Scrooge’s Changed Life: Stave V When we left Ebenezer Scrooge in my last post of this series, he had come to the end of the visits by the Spirits of Christmas past, present, and future. In response to these visits, he promised to be a [Read More...]


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