Archives for December 2009

Blessings Flow (Joy to the World Part Three)

No more let sins and sorrows grow,Nor thorns infest the ground;He comes to make His blessings flowFar as the curse is found,Far as the curse is found,Far as, far as, the curse is found. Sin isn’t a hot topic at Christmastime, or, for that matter, any other time of year here in 21st century America. [Read More…]

Creation Sings (Joy to the World Part Two)

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!Let men their songs employ;While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plainsRepeat the sounding joy,Repeat the sounding joy,Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy. It’s a theme that runs through the Bible, this idea that the natural world sings God’s praises, even if we humans forget or neglect to do so. [Read More…]

Waiting for God (or Joy to the World Part One)

Joy to the World , the Lord is come!Let earth receive her King;Let every heart prepare Him room,And Heaven and nature sing,And Heaven and nature sing,And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing. “Let every heart prepare Him room.” It struck me this morning that there are three aspects to the waiting we do in the [Read More…]

Mary’s Shame, Mary’s Glory

It’s a little late in the game, but I’ve been meaning to recommend a book: God With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas. It’s a beautiful (including color pictures of major works of art throughout the centuries) book with reflections on Advent by poets, theologians, and other writers, including Kathleen Norris, Eugene Peterson, Richard John [Read More…]

Darwin and/or Jesus?

Two quotations worth pondering, the first from one of the most influential thinkers of the past two centuries: “With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated; and those that survive commonly exhibit a vigorous state of health. We civilised men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of [Read More…]