Thank God for the Christmas Season (Machen)

In a sermon preached soon before his death in 1936, J. G. Machen explained how the Bible puts an “enormous emphasis” on the death of Christ.  He also noted how the Christian church places a great emphasis on Christ’s death – we “chiefly commemorate” the death of Christ because it is God’s wisdom and our… Continue reading Thank God for the Christmas Season (Machen)

Thank God for the Christmas Season [Machen]

 In a sermon preached soon before his death in 1936, J. G. Machen explained how the Bible puts an “enormous emphasis” on the death of Christ.  He also noted how the Christian church places a great emphasis on Christ’s death – we “chiefly commemorate” the death of Christ because it is God’s wisdom and our… Continue reading Thank God for the Christmas Season [Machen]

Christmas and the Identification of the Messiah-Lord as Savior (PNTC)

 While studying Luke 2:10 this week I ran across the following helpful comments by James Edwards.  But first, the words of Luke:  Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord (CSB). [ὅτι ἐτέχθη ὑμῖν σήμερον σωτὴρ ὅς ἐστιν Χριστὸς κύριος ἐν πόλει Δαυίδ.].  Here are Edwards'… Continue reading Christmas and the Identification of the Messiah-Lord as Savior (PNTC)

A Bonhoeffer Christmas with Barth

 God Is in the Manger is a collection of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's reflections on advent.  This book is edited in such a way that one can read a devotional each day during the Christmas season.  Each devotional is a snippet of Bonhoeffer's writing, another short reflection, and a section of Scripture.  (NOTE: at the time of… Continue reading A Bonhoeffer Christmas with Barth

“God Walked Here Upon The Earth” (Machen)

 In the 1930's J. Gresham Machen wrote that belief in the virgin birth "is certainly necessary to Christianity," and also "necessary to the corporate witness of the Church."  In the concluding chapter of his excellent scholarly book, The Virgin Birth of Christ, Machen made some great conclusions on his lengthy study of the biblical truth that… Continue reading “God Walked Here Upon The Earth” (Machen)