Getting Ready for the King

Advent means “coming” or “arrival,” and it is the beginning of the Christian calendar. Historically, Advent begins by celebrating the fact that Jesus will one day come to judge the living and the dead. This is why we sing O Come O Come Emmanuel. We are not in the first instance reenacting what it was…

Children of the Light

NSA Morning Prayer Jer. 16:14-21, 1 Thess. 5:1-11 One of the most important lessons from Genesis to Revelation is that you can’t hide from God. He sees all things and knows all things: “Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many…

Committed as Christmas

Evolution is a singular commitment to non-commitment. In fact, it is the enshrinement to the highest humanistic place — which is to say science, the creed of non-commitment as inherently virtuous. Of course virtue and goodness tend to be taken in transcendent, moral categories, but in a purely materialistic, evolutionary universe, goodness is just whatever…

How To Not Miss Jesus (At Christmas)

Fourth Sunday in Advent: Mic. 5:2-5a, Heb. 10:5-10, Mt 2:1-12 Introduction How could the chief priests and scribes know that the Christ was to be born in Bethlehem and still reject Jesus? How could Herod so dramatically misunderstand the mission of Jesus? We commonly describe the answer as sin and pride, but what is it…

The Brave Face of Nihilism

Modern social liberalism really is something of a Grinch worldview. It is very much like the grown up in all the movies that doesn’t believe in Santa Claus and thinks that fairy tales like that are really bad for children. The reason they’re bad is because they aren’t true and even more importantly they cause…

The Gospel of Modern Liberalism

“Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves. We are His sheep, and the sheep of His pasture” (Ps. 100:3). This is one of the most fundamental realities in the world. If there is a God who made us, then we are His. We belong…

Rejoicing in the Dust

Third Sunday of Advent: Is. 12:1-6, Phil. 4:4-7 Introduction I said last week that we aren’t particularly good at being serious because we’re concerned about being thought of as grumpy or difficult. There’s a similar dynamic with joy. Depending on who you are, you might gravitate toward a certain censoriousness and resent all the smiles….

The Serious Business of Advent

Second Sunday in Advent: Mal. 3:1-4 Introduction We are not very good at seriousness. We are not very good at seriousness because we frequently mistake being cranky or in a bad mood for seriousness, either in ourselves or others. So we tend to opt for and prefer levity, laughter, and we often praise people for…

The Highway of Confusion & the Glory of God

God made men for glory. This is why there is an Achilles in the heart of every man. Given the option, most men will choose a short life with endless glory over a long life in obscurity. This is because God made men for glory. This means that when a man decides to sell his…

Mary’s Song

In the beginning there was song. It was a song that had never begun but wound through the ages ever new, ever old, ever glory, ever wonder. It was full of polyphony and harmony, a continuous blend of perfect rhythms and syncopations, musical themes, jokes, and resolutions, with a central refrain, a chorus of one…