Category Holiday

Israel’s Purpose is Christmas

Have you ever thought about how related Israel’s history is to Christmas? When Jesus came that apocalyptic night there was a whole complex of promises that had set the stage; the fullness of time, if you will. Israel was God’s vehicle of mediating His salvation to the world; and without her there would be no […]

A Reflection for Holy Saturday: The Chasm Between Now and Not Yet

Recycling a post that is probably around nine years old now. Holy Saturday is the time that the “Western Church,” Protestants included (well some), contemplate the moment between the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is the contemplation of the burial in 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4: For what I received I passed on to you […]

The Apostle’s Creed, Easter Before Good Friday, and Dogmatics in Outline

Was Crucified, Dead, And Buried, He Descended Into Hell How do you think of God revealed in Jesus? Do you primarily think of him through the lens of the cross? Then you might be a Western Christian (which most of us are). Or maybe you think of him primarily in and through the lens of […]

Holy Saturday, The Chasm between ‘Now and Not Yet’

Wrote this about seven years ago. Holy Saturday is the time that the “Western Church,” Protestants included (well some), contemplate the moment between the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is the contemplation of the burial in 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4: For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that […]

A Good Friday Reflection. God’s Atonement in Christ is Love

The Good News (the ‘Gospel’) is that Jesus died for everyone, which is what we are celebrating this Good Friday evening. There is something very profound that happens in the atoning work of Christ, of course! And as usual there are various readings of the implications of what Jesus did, and these readings are informed […]

Merry Christmas and Happy Incarnation Day from Thomas Torrance

Here Torrance is speaking of John’s accounting of the Word made flesh: . . . In its prologue it speaks of the Word made flesh, and that light sets the whole gospel as the revelation and reconciliation of God in Christ, but it then moves on from the prologue to speak all through of the […]

Holy Saturday, The Chasm Between Now and Not-Yet

Wrote this about seven years ago. Holy Saturday is the time that the “Western Church,” Protestants included (well some), contemplate the moment between the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is the contemplation of the burial in 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4: For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that […]

A Good Friday Reflection: The Death of Christ as God as Love In Vicariousness

The Good News (the ‘Gospel’) is that Jesus died for everyone, which is what we are celebrating this Good Friday evening. There is something very profound that happens in the atoning work of Christ, of course! And as usual there are various readings of the implications of what Jesus did, and these readings are informed […]

My Un-preached Sermon on Holy Saturday: The Chasm Between ‘now and not yet’

I probably wrote this about six years ago now. I realize I am jumping the gun (since it is only Maunday Thursday at this posting), nevertheless, this is the right season to post something like this once again. So here is a mini-sermon that I wrote, and never preached. Holy Saturday is the time that […]

Israel and the Incarnation at Christmas Time

Have you ever thought about how related Israel’s history is to Christmas? When Jesus came that apocalyptic night there was a whole complex of promises that had set the stage; the fullness of time, if you will. Israel was God’s vehicle of mediating His salvation to the world; and without her there would be no […]