Carols, greeting cards, and church bulletins all proclaim Christmas is about "joy" and "peace". But this year, there doesn't seem to be much of that in the world. So, what gives? When Christmas is placed in context to the larger story of the Bible, the reason for joy and peace becomes much clearer.
Mary, did you know... that your baby boy... would one day rule the nations? Yep, she did. Learn what Mary knew about Jesus from the angel Gabriel and how she connected her story to the larger story of God's dealings with the nation of Israel.
If BC means "Before Christ", was Jesus born in the year "zero"? In this fifth episode of "The Myths of Christmas", learn a bit more about the year Jesus was born, and why a partition of time around an important event is a very Biblical idea.
The Bible says that Magi from the east brought three gifts to Jesus - gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But does the Bible say that there were three kings? In this fourth episode of "The Myths of Christmas", learn a bit more about the Magi and why they are important in the Christmas story.
Our modern Christmas songs and hymns describe a "choir of angels" that appear at the birth of Jesus, but is that how the Bible describes them? In this third episode of "The Myths of Christmas", learn a bit more about who these angels were, and why it greatly matters for your future.
Was there no room in the local hotels in Bethlehem for Mary and Joseph to have their baby? Did the townspeople slam doors in their face as they rushed around looking for a place to bear a child? In this second episode of "The Myths of Christmas", learn a bit more about what an "inn"… Read More »
When was Jesus of Nazareth born? Was it on December 25th? Does it matter? In this first short episode of "The Myths of Christmas", I'll discuss the limited evidence we have regarding the date of Jesus' birth and the importance of knowing the larger story surrounding Christmas.
Many Gentile Christians avoid reading the Old Testament, perhaps because it's perceived as irrelevant or "fulfilled" by Jesus' first coming. But the Old Testament speaks of SO much more than Jesus dying on the cross for the sins of the world. It holds out a clear, certain hope through a larger story involving God's covenants… Read More »
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