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”

Christmas is not cancelled

Many people are frustrated and upset at the sudden U-Turn on Christmas arrangements. Those measures had offered some small reprieve but arrangements for festivities were still going to be minimal and restricted. Now, however, the hashtag #ChristmasIsCancelled is gaining currency. So, it is important to say that Christmas is not cancelled. Now, by this IContinue reading “Christmas is not cancelled”

Pantomime Farce

Yesterday I wrote defending the Christmas easing of lockdown.  I demonstrated awful timing.  By the end of the day, the 5 day period for seeing family was reduced down to Christmas Day itself and only for those who could travel locally Meanwhile, in the south of England a new tier 4 was introduced banning familyContinue reading “Pantomime Farce”

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”

Mary did you know?

I love the lyrics to the carol “Mary did you know?”  I particularly love this version by Pentatonix. The Carol sets up an imaginary conversation with Mary asking her questions in order to highlight the contrast between the seemingly ordinariness of a little, fully human baby and the wonder of his divinity and his roleContinue reading “Mary did you know?”

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”

Christmas at Bearwood Chapel

Christmas is going to be a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we still have the opportunity to celebrate and to give thanks for the gift of Jesus and salvation.  Each week in the run up to Christmas, we have a special  themed service focusing on an aspect of the goodContinue reading “Christmas at Bearwood Chapel”