Christmas

The Irony of the Incarnation

Holiday travel time is upon us.  Chances are at one point or another in the next month or so you will travel somewhere for an extended period of time.  I know how it is with traveling.  Packing is the worst part.  As my family has grown through the years, it has gotten rather ridiculous.  How … Read more

“Joseph’s Dilemma” – Disciple (n./v.) – Matthew 1

Sunday, February 24, 2012 Have you ever wondered why Christmas is largely void of more than a passing mention of Joseph?  This is especially fascinating when Matthew’s account of Jesus’ birth focuses almost exclusively on Joseph!  What’s happening here?  Why focus on Joseph?  Is there a message here for us as disciples of Jesus? Readings: … Read more

Merry Christmas! Be Still…

They don’t go together well, do they? If I’m being honest with myself, I can’t characterize our American Christmas with words like stillness, peace or tranquility. The fact is, it’s a frenetically busy time with overwhelming social obligations. It gets so crazy that many things we would like to accomplish in December get pushed back … Read more

“Wrapped in Cloths” – John 11 – Christmas Day

Christmas Sunday, December 25, 2011 It’s hard to imagine God being born, God being cold and needing to be wrapped in cloths to stay warm, but that’s exactly what happened when Jesus was born.  It’s the greatest gift ever, wrapped in cloths.  When does the gift get unwrapped for us?  Listen to Pastor Seabaugh speak … Read more

“American Christmas” – Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24, 2011 This year our Christmas Eve celebration included only American carols.  Yes, only the sacred ones.  It’s wonderful to see the different traditions that develop over the years.  What does it mean to celebrate Christmas in America today?  Do we blindly follow traditions or are we creating new ways to celebrate the … Read more