By Joel A. Hess - You better watch out, you better not cry. Better not pout, I’m telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to town! He sees you when you’re sleeping…. Wow, Santa sounds scary! Why would kids be excited about this guy? Of course, speaking as a parent, this song is brilliant. What … Continue reading Is John the Baptist in your Manger Scene?
By Hillary Asbury - The Annunciation is a very common subject in classical art. Almost every Medieval and Renaissance master painted their own version of this scene, and its easy to understand why. It centers around one of the most fascinating and mysterious aspects of our faith: the virgin conception of our Lord. It depicts … Continue reading The Annunciation
By Paul Koch - I’m not going to lie, I have always wanted to get a response to my preaching like John the Baptist had. I’m serious. Just once I wanted to preach the Word of God and have someone cry out in distress and longing, “What shall I do?” Not all the time, mind … Continue reading What Shall I Do?
By Hillary Asbury - The first creative act in history was a perfect one. Everything was done with order, purpose. It was intentional, loving. Great care was taken for every little detail, every little life. God created the world. And with each new piece of his creation he called it good. Good. Until he created … Continue reading Love the Mess
By Hillary Asbury - Mary and Joseph look on as the wise men kneel before the Christ child and we are reminded that our Savior comes to us in our humanity, in our brokenness, and not by our own merit. He comes to us first, while we are still sinners, unworthy, and in need. Download … Continue reading Illustration of the Month: “Prince of Peace”
By Joel A. Hess - Just as the Hallmark channel and Freeform marked the holiday season with bizarre Christmas theme soap operas your friends with PhDs from the Discovery Channel have begun to distribute their dissertations about the pagan origins of Christmas. Now try not to get your self-righteous Hanes in a bunch and lose … Continue reading How to Respond to your Pagan Christmas Critics
By Cindy Koch - If I saw you sitting in the middle of the street, playing with your toys, my heart would leap into my throat. Unaware of the danger that could overtake you from either side, you giggle contentedly without even looking up. You have your own thoughts to keep you safe, your own … Continue reading Everyone Knows what to do in the Advent of a Truck