Why Shepherds?

Why were shepherds the first people that the good news was announced to?  There has been a long standing explanation that goes like this.  Shepherds were amongst the poorest and were often despised having a reputation for dishonesty.  Therefore, the appearance to them fits with a theme of Jesus being there for the poor andContinue reading “Why Shepherds?”

A son out of Egypt Hosea 11:1

For Starters What is it that you are eagerly awaiting as we come into Christmas.  I expect that if you are a 5 year old then it is the promise of a present 3x the size of you! Maybe some of us are looking forward to the promise of a few days off, food, music,Continue reading “A son out of Egypt Hosea 11:1”

He is stronger than the Darkness

We’ve been learning this new song from Tommy and Eileen Walker over the past few weeks. Over the past few years, our Sunday Night Church congregation have grown fond of the worship songs provided by Tommy Walker.  The words that particularly struck me in this song are “He’s stronger than the darkness.”  Although this isn’tContinue reading “He is stronger than the Darkness”

Nobody puts the baby in a corner

Luke 2:1-7 tells us of the events surrounding Jesus’ birth. We meet up with Joseph and Mary again following her visit to see Elizabeth and the focus in chapter 1 turning to the birth of John.  Now they must go to Bethlehem and register for tax purposes. Whilst there, Mary gives birth, the baby isContinue reading “Nobody puts the baby in a corner”

A shepherd king for the whole world

In yesterday’s article, we saw how one of the Advent promises is that Jesus is the shepherd king from Bethlehem fulfilling Micah 5:1-5. One of the aims in Advent is not just to look forward to Christmas Day remembering Christ’s first coming (advent) but also to look forward to his Second Coming or Advent.  HowContinue reading “A shepherd king for the whole world”

The Shepherd of God’s People (Micah 5:2)

When the wise men arrived in Jerusalem asking to see the new king, Herod’s spiritual advisors consulted Scripture and identified that the messiah would be born in Bethlehem.  The basis for this was these words in Micah 5:2  But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,    who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,from you shall comeContinue reading “The Shepherd of God’s People (Micah 5:2)”

Godless?

In this video, I describe Christmas as part of the evidence that points to the reality of the God who is Love, who created us and who is actively involved, even stepping down into history. I also said that that when it comes to apologetics, some people prefer to separate out proof of God’s existenceContinue reading “Godless?”

Finding favour with God

In Luke 1:28, the angel Gabriel addresses Mary as a “favoured woman” in case she (and we) don’t get then point, he again tells her “you have found favour with God”[1] What does it mean for Mary to have found favour? Roman Catholic tradition seems to put the focus on her and her life. MaryContinue reading “Finding favour with God”