The Miracle of Christmas


The Miracle of Christmas

November 29 - December 27, 2015 | Advent & Christmas

The event that we anticipate during Advent and celebrate during Christmas—God dwelling among us in Christ—is the single greatest miracle in the entire Christian story. During the weeks of Advent, we will explore this miracle from several angles, preparing ourselves to celebrate with joy God's coming to us on Christmas.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Audio | Video | Luke 3:2-6

The Miracle of Christmas (Part 1)

The miraculous event that is celebrated on Christmas—God taking on flesh and dwelling among us—begins in every way on the margin: the margin of religion, the margin of society, and the margin of our expectations. God came to the margins and invites us there, too.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Audio | Video | Luke 3:7-18

The Miracle of Christmas (Part 2)

John the Baptist calls for repentance with an urgency that seems strange to us two thousand years later. At best, we may try to imagine what the urgency was like so long ago when Israel was still waiting for the Messiah's arrival. But part of the miracle of Christmas is that God did not just arrive in a single moment two millennia ago; God is arriving into this world and into our lives in every moment.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Audio | Video | Hebrews 1:1-9

The Miracle of Christmas (Part 3)

At Christmas, we speak of "the Word of God made flesh." What does it mean that Jesus himself is God's word to us? The miracle of the message is that the medium—Jesus—is the message.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Audio | Video | Zephaniah 3:14-20

The Miracle of Christmas (Part 4)

The method of God's action that is celebrated at Christmas is the sending of a "messiah." While we may tend to think of the Messiah as a kind of superhero sent to save the world, the real miracle is that God's method is very, very different.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Audio | Video | Luke 2:1-20

The Miracle of Christmas (Part 5)

The miracle of Christmas reaches its climax in the strangest of all places: a manger. And this manger—a feed trough for livestock—is no accident. And neither is it just a prop for that first Christmas; it reveals to us the nature of God's involvement in our lives and in this world from the very beginning.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

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The Miracle of Christmas (Part 6)

On the Sunday after Christmas, we reflect on the theological lineage of Jesus and what that means for us all these centuries later.