Dec 27

A Charles Wesley Christmas

You know, every year, Christmas is in danger of becoming so familiar to us that we forget how strange, how unusual, how bizarre the event we celebrate really is. Some fifty years ago C.S. Lewis wrote about the differences between Christmas, the celebration of Christ’s nativity, the birth of Jesus, and Xmas, the parallel celebration of gift-giving and merry-making that happens with family and friends, at office parties and cookie swaps, around trees real and fake. There is a real possibility that Xmas will overwhelm Christmas, that we’ll get so caught up in gift-giving and gift-receiving and merry-making that the birth of our Savior will be at best an afterthought. There’s even more of a threat that the sappy, sentimental foolishness that shows up on cards and decorations this time of year will creep into our Christmas celebrations, so that we get so caught up in our favorite “mood” of Christmas—quiet and serene, or joyful and exuberant, whatever you prefer—that we neglect the reality of this feast of the nativity, this feast of the Incarnation. Continue reading

Jun 01

Witnesses of the Trinity

The mystery of the Trinity lies at the heart of our Christian faith. The Trinity is who God is: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, three Persons, neither mixed together nor divided into separate parts; all equal, yet none identical with each other. To be the children of God, as John tells us we are in his first letter, is to be children of the Triune God, the God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Continue reading