Christmas Week 1: Infinite Life for the World

Introduction Christmas means that we have access to the infinite. The infinite has entered the finite (Jn. 1:1, 14). While to be creatures necessarily means limits and some finitude, to be created in the image of God, created to be companions of the Infinite originally indicated a capacity for the infinite, a capacity to share…

Fourth Sunday in Advent: Love and the City of God

Introduction We come now to the virtue of love as it fits into God’s blueprints for the city of God. Of course we could say much on this virtue, but we’ll limit ourselves to the vision of the city of God as being the family of God, bound together by the self-giving, sacrificial love of…

Christ Died for Sinners like Christopher

Great thoughts on the passing of Christopher Hitchens from Doug Wilson: Christopher knew that faithful Christians believe that it is appointed to man once to die, and after that the Judgment. He knew that we believe what Jesus taught about the reality of damnation. He also knew that we believe—for I told him—that in this…

Peter Hitchens on his brother, Christopher

                    Peter Hitchens writes of his brother, Christopher Hitchen’s death: Two pieces of verse come to mind, one from Hilaire Belloc’s ’Dedicatory Ode’ ‘From quiet homes and first beginnings, out to the undiscovered ends, there’s nothing worth the wear of winning but laughter and the love…

The Politics of Two Advents

Peter Leithart writes: Advent celebrates the coming of the King, but the Christian tradition has always recognized that the Son’s first Advent heightens our longing for his coming again.  In this respect, Augustine’s politics is a double-sided politics of Advent.  On one hand, it leaves us with anti-utopian skepticism and radical dissatisfaction with every existent…

How Fasting and Feasting Should Always Go Together

Thoughts on Advent (and all holidays) as a fast and a feast: Last, and to push this thought one step further, if we are going to celebrate seasons like Advent and Lent, we ought to do so by keeping the Lord’s Day as our standard. This means that all fasting is always forfeasting. We eat no…

Getting Your Family Ready for Christmas

My friend Jerry Owen writes: What does a beefed up version of the 5th Commandment have to do with the coming of Christ? More than we might think. God prepares us for the coming of his Son by telling us to get right with our own children. He tells us to prepare our hearts to…

Advent Joy & the City of God

A summary of my sermon from yesterday is up over at Credenda.

Third Sunday in Advent: Joy and the City of God

Introduction The Third Sunday in Advent is called “Gaudete Sunday” which means “Rejoicing/Joyful Sunday.” This is because our fathers in the faith knew that learning the practice and discipline of waiting and longing could result in a joyless people. Waiting for the Lord shouldn’t be joyless, but this Sunday is a liturgical memorial of this…

Christmas Means We’re All Calvinists After All

Isaiah says that when God restores Israel, He will go before them and behind them (Is. 52:12). The first Advent of God was the incarnation, when God went before us, leading us out of the dungeon of sin and death. The final Advent of God at the end of history is when God comes up…