November 29, 2020

Randy Thompson: Christmas Cheer and the Fear of the Lord

Christmas Cheer and the Fear of the Lord by Randy Thompson And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. (Luke 2:8, KJV) In reading Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus, we tend to go flying past “and the glory of the Lord shone […]

Sermon: The first family Christmas

Note from CM: We are on the road for a few days, so no Sunday sermon for this post. Here is the sermon I preached on Christmas Eve, giving a different perspective on what that first Christmas might have been like. • • • Sermon: Christmas Eve 2019 The first family Christmas The Lord be […]

Christmas and the Empty Chair

Dear imonk friends. On Tuesday night’s Christmas Eve Service I shared some thoughts on what Christmas means to me after a year of great loss and pain. I am posting them here in hopes it may help someone.   2019 has been the worst year of my life. I won’t go into details, but just […]

A Merry Christmas from Internet Monk

Welcome, all wonders in one sight! Eternity shut in a span; Summer in winter; day in night; Heaven in earth, and God in man. Great little one, whose all-embracing birth Lifts earth to heaven, stoops heaven to earth. • From “In the Holy Nativity of Our Lord” Richard Crashaw

“God’s people have begun to know the manger of their Lord.”

The great Raymond E. Brown has often been a guide to me when it comes to the Christmas narratives in the New Testament. Here is an example of his insight — applied to the Christmas Eve Gospel (Luke 2). May God grant us all a blessed Christmas Eve. • What is of importance is the […]

Christmastide with Thomas Merton

Christmastide with Thomas Merton If we wish to see Christ in His glory, we must recognize Him now in His humility. If we wish His light to shine on our darkness and His immortality to clothe our mortality, we must suffer with Him on earth in order to be crowned with Him in Paradise. If […]

Randy Thompson: Christmas Lights & Christmas Music

Christmas Lights & Christmas Music A Christmas Meditation, 2018, by Randy Thompson Tops on the list of what I love most about Christmas are the season’s lights and music. Although I am not one to outline our house in multi-colored lights or set up lit-up inflatable reindeers, snowmen and Santa Clauses all over the yard, […]

Another Look: The Strangeness of Christmas

The story of Jesus has no bite. A tame “baby Jesus” makes his annual, heart-warming appearance, and leaves us largely un-bothered and un-changed. Yet when I read the two Gospel accounts, I am struck by how strange these narratives are, unsettling and fantastical at every corner. • W. David O. Taylor • • • Thank […]

A Blessed Christmas to All from Internet Monk

Christmas I: Sermon for an Odd Sunday

Sermon Christmas I 2017 Sermon for an Odd Sunday When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), […]