December 18, 2017

Archives for December 2012

Christmas Eve 2012

“Luke is interested in the symbolism of the manger, and the lack of room in the lodgings may be no more than a vague surmise in order to explain the mention of a manger. This manger is not a sign of poverty but is probably meant to evoke God’s complaint against Israel in Isaiah 1:3: […]

As in the Beginning, so the End

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7) This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, […]

Advent IV: Blessed Is She Who Believed

ADVENT IVC Micah 5:2-5a Luke 1:46b-55 Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-45 Prayer of the Day Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that binds us, that we may receive you in joy and serve you always, for you live and reign with the Father […]

Our Newest Grandchild

We have a new grandchild in the Mercer clan this Christmas. Her name is Roxy, and she belongs to my son. Funny thing is, she already has a pretty strong bite! My son brought the little one over for a photo session earlier today, and here are a few shots.   You can see more […]

Saturday Ramblings 12.22.12

Well what do you know? The world didn’t end after all. As a matter of fact, here in Oklahoma we didn’t even get any rain. So we live to flip the Mayan calendar over to a new day. The doomsday predictors did leave quite a mess behind them. Just watch how many people rush to […]

Another Look: My Christmas Poet

First posted November 2010.  For years now, a favorite book in my library has been an old worn copy of The Poetical Works of Christina Georgina Rossetti, published in 1904. A brief note in fountain pen ink inside the cover says that it was given as a Christmas gift in 1908, and a sticker in the back […]

Christmas Quotes

Christmas itself is by grace. It could never have survived our own blindness and depredations otherwise. It could never have happened otherwise. Perhaps it is the very wildness and strangeness of the grace that has led us to try to tame it. We have tried to make it habitable. We have roofed it and furnished it. We have […]

The Gospel of the Empirical Perceptibility of Grace, or in other words, Keep it Physical, Stupid!

In my studies I am reading Ola Tjørhom, who represents what has been called “evangelical catholicism.”  He is concerned that the Reformation project went seriously wrong, and one of its greatest failings was its lack of recognition that the ecclesiology of the Reformers remained essentially catholic even while they criticized Rome in terms of doctrines and […]

Why Do We Love this Season?

Why do we love this season? I would suggest that aesthetics have much to do with the answer to that question. Advent and Christmas are made sensible to us by means of the things we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch at this time of year. Spiritual truth comes out of the closet of the […]

An Advent Sermon by Michael Spencer

Note from CM: Michael Spencer gave this sermon in the third week of Advent, 2006. In the light of yesterday’s post on the collapse of evangelicalism, I thought it timely. Michael explores the arrogance of many of us who wear the name “Christian,” and considers some of the criticisms we’ve received from one who shows a measure […]