A Better Christmas Story

Spruce Tree branch on Wood Background

American culture tells us Christmas ended at midnight two days ago.

But perhaps there’s another storyline, a more inviting narrative at play. Continue reading

First Sunday of Advent: Sacred Times

the story of god

On Sunday, we entered into a new year as the people of God. The page was turned to the season of Advent, a time of anticipation, waiting and longing for Christ to come.

At Renewal I talked through the concept of liturgy, what healthy tradition looks like, and most importantly what the church calendar is all about as we enter Advent. Continue reading

We Saw His Star

magi star

Today we welcome Advent. Today we welcome the church’s new year. It truly is a festive time to both contemplate and celebrate, reflect and rejoice.

Advent is centered in remembering the arrival of the Christ child, the Messiah, God’s unique son. While many will start in Matthew 1 as a way to introduce the Advent story, I am going to jump over into Matthew 2. It’s there we find the story of the magi and particularly their encounter with a unique element: a star.

Upon their arrival into Jerusalem, they ask a question: Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him” (vs2). Continue reading