“The Birth of Christ is the eucatastrophe of Man’s history. The Resurrection is the eucatastrophe of the story of the Incarnation. This story begins and ends in joy. There is no tale ever told that men would rather find was true, and none which so many sceptical men have accepted as true on its own merits….This story is supreme and it is true.”
–JRRT, On Fairy Stories
Category Archives: Christmas
From a post by Sinclair Ferguson.
“The Western world gives itself over annually to its Claus-mass or commerce-mass. We celebrate a reworked pagan Saturnalia of epic proportions, one in which the only connection with the incarnation is semantic. Santa is worshiped, not the Savior; pilgrims go to the stores with credit cards, not to the manger with gifts. It is the feast of indulgence, not of the incarnation.
It is always easier to lament and critique the new paganism of secularism’s blatant idolatry than to see how easily the church — and we ourselves — twist or dilute the message of the incarnation in order to suit our own tastes. But, sadly, we have various ways of turning the Savior into a kind of Santa Claus.”
Every day through December 25, Amazon.com is unveiling a new holiday song available to download free for a limited time. Check back daily to see what’s next on the “25 Days Free”. Here are some of my favorites I downloaded…
The latest installment of Ron Man’s Worship Notes is out, “Christmas in Context“. I find each month’s issue encouraging and thought provoking–a must read whenever it arrives in my inbox. And…just in case you missed them, here’s the whole 2008 collection.
- 3.12 (December 2008) CHRISTMAS IN CONTEXT
- 3.11 (November 2008) THE MINISTRY OF SONG
- 3.10 (October 2008) THE PASTOR AND WORSHIP
- 3.9 (September 2008) SPIRIT AND TRUTH
- 3.8 (August 2008) THE TYRANNY OF TASTE
- 3.7 (July 2008) DEFINING OUR TERMS
- 3.6 (June 2008) THEOLOGY AND DOXOLOGY
- 3.5 (May 2008) GIVING OUR BEST
- 3.4 (April 2008) THEMATIC WORSHIP
- 3.3 (March 2008) CALLED TO WORSHIP
- 3.2 (February 2008) THIRSTING FOR GOD
- 3.1 (January 2008) WORSHIP, CREATION & THE FALL
I recommended my favorite Christmas CD’s here.
“Christmas, then, is not a dream, a moment of escapism. Christmas is the reality, which shows up the rest of ‘reality.’ And for Christmas, here, read Christianity. Either Jesus is the Lord of the world, and all reality makes sense in his light, or he is dangerously irrelevant to the problems and possibilities of today’s world. There is no middle ground. Either Jesus was, and is, the Word of God, or he, and the stories Christians tell about him, are lies.”
N.T. Wright, For All God’s Worth: True Worship and the Calling of the Church, p.2.