Narrowing Sonnet

Could we put oceans in a cup, a desert in an hour-glass, the skies in a falling rain-drop, the planets in a marble-bag, it wouldn’t touch the Lord, swaddled in a body, who also humbly wore the girdle of our laws, was threaded through the streets of Jews, endured the spit and then was split…

Chasing Santa

  “Grandpa, what are you doing out here?” He was standing in the snow leaning a couple long 2×4’s against the house. “I was chasing Santa Claus,” he explained. “Almost had him too.” He handed me one of the biggest sleigh bells I’d ever seen. Then he showed me two long, straight depressions in the…

Joy to the World!

Joy to the World , the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing. Joy to the World, the Savior reigns! Let men their songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills…

Inside Out

Photo from http://milkshakemelody.com/figurvore/index.php?topic=1183.0 The other night I read my son a Little Golden Book about Jesus’s birth.  Making theology meaningful to a three year old is no easy task.  Still, I wanted the incarnation of God to be more concrete.  My son likes babies so I started out talking about how Jesus was born a little…

What Child Is This?

  What Child is this who, laid to rest On Mary’s lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing; Haste, haste, to bring Him laud, The Babe, the Son of Mary. Why lies He in such mean…

Wonderful Things in Your Law (Part 6)

Please read parts 1-5 before continuing… Scripture gives us a choice: keep the law or live by the us in Christ/Christ in us relationship.  The former is the old covenant, the latter the new covenant.  “By calling this covenant ‘new,’ he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon…

Wonderful Things in Your Law (Part 5)

Please read parts 1-4 before continuing…. In the first post of this series, we said the purpose of the law is to reveal Christ—Him who is Wonderful—and not just moral or religious practice.  The examples given in the preceding post illustrate both of these points.  They show that the law finds its fulfillment in the…

Wonderful Things in Your Law (Part 4)

Photo taken at the Glendive Dinosaur & Fossil Museum Please read parts 1-3 before continuing The Ceremonial/Ritual Law Thus far, we have seen that the law is fulfilled as we live in Christ and He lives in us.  To deepen our appreciation of this point, let’s consider some specific laws, starting with those in the…