Reflecting on the Easter season we’ve just come through, Joe Boot discusses the significance of the garden theme throughout Scripture, pointing to Christ as both the gardener and the king, and to the calling of his people to live in submission to him, holding forth dominion over the created world to tend and keep it. And if you’ve ever been unsure what Joe means by vice-gerent, we clarify it today!
For this Christmas week episode, we examine a recent tweet from Tim Keller submitted by a listener on the nature of the cross and of power. To understand what Christ was accomplishing and demonstrating on the cross, we need to consider why He came to earth as a baby in the first place, and what He has called His people to in the time before His incarnation as well as after His ascension to the Father.
And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
The far-reaching erosion of the Christian way of life in our nation cannot be simply put down to external factors. The inner strength of Christianity has been compromised and broken, and can only be restored through reformation and revival. Christmas is a wonderful opportunity to gather together to adore the Lord who humbled Himself to become a man.
A proper Christology militates against statism or salvation by politics, because God's reign is not mediated by human powers and institutions, but by Christ alone.
We approach this often misunderstood event in the Christmas story by looking at three topics related to the Wisemen's journey: their decision to go; a dangerous detour; and a different way home.
The true meaning of Christmas is found in Scripture, and there in the book of Isaiah it tells us that this Son that is given to us comes to us amidst the darkness and distress in which the world lives.