Seeing the Wonder in 2016

Tweet 2016 It’s been an interesting year. I’ve heard it said a number of times in these dog days after Christmas and before the dawn of the new year. We don’t really know what to say about this year which has induced such a maelstrom of emotions. The...

Prince of Peace

Tweet Most of the time, Christmas can feel anything but peaceful. Fridges packed to the rafters, gridlocked roads, houses filled with family and inflatable beds, the idea that we are celebrating the Prince of Peace can feel almost comical. And yet the Hebrew word...

Everlasting Father

Tweet It’s never occurred to me until I began this series quite how strange it feels for Jesus to be referred to as Everlasting Father. And yet here in Isaiah’s messianic prophecy, we see that he speaks of the coming Messiah as Everlasting Father. Isaiah...

Mighty God

Tweet Mighty God. When I think of something mighty, I think of a herculean figure, physically strong and powerful. And yet in the Christmas story, Jesus is frail human baby, not a warrior. It reminds me of what Jesus gave up to become Mary’s child. He traded the...
Where Do Christmas Songs Begin?

Where Do Christmas Songs Begin?

Tweet Have you ever wondered why some of our best known and best loved Christmas songs are a little, well, melancholy? Surely during the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” the songs should be jolly and jingly?! Instead, we have the dulcet tones of George Michael...