Posts Tagged: christmas

God in the Hood by Anneliese Wahlman

God in the Hood

December 21, 2016 | Anneliese Wahlman

Have you ever had one of those Christmases where your entire pajama-clad family is gathered together, the tree is wrapped in lights that shine à la star of Bethlehem, and mugs are filled with hot chocolate and freckled with marshmallows? You know the kind of thing I’m talking about, where the snow is falling silently and you light candles with names like “Burning Christmas Tree Deluxe” to give the illusion that you live in a cabin in the woods instead of a cookie-cutter condo in suburbia? All the brown paper packages are tied up with string and lovingly laid under the tree, and your whole clan is singing carols together around the piano while you unitedly promote a wholesome sense of Pinterest-inspired Christmas joy?

Yeah, me neither.

I’m part of a generation that likes to create false realities on social media; we like to make our lives appear just as glamorous and magical as what we see on TV. And during the holidays, this lust for a movie-scripted life and …
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Anneliese Wahlman

Editorial Intern
Light Bearers

The Deeper Meaning of Christmas

The Deeper Meaning of Christmas

December 24, 2014 | Ty Gibson

When we speak of the birth of Christ, we are speaking of the most sublime and astounding event in all of eternal history. God literally became a human being. “Without controversy,” Paul exclaims with wonder, “great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh” (1 Timothy 3:16).

Allow the profundity of the incarnational act to register upon your mind.

The ontological difference between a human and, say, a mosquito is massive from our standpoint as humans. And yet, the difference is minuscule compared to the span of ontological difference God traversed by becoming human. Humans and mosquitos are, after all, of the same category: material creation. God and humans, on the other hand, are of two radically distinct categories: Creator and creature.

What many of us don’t realize is the sheer magnitude of the sacrifice: not only was the condescension of Christ an enormous leap, it was also a permanent one.

As if it was not enough for God to take our humanity upon Himself at all, …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Four Incredible Lyrics from Advent Songs

Four Incredible Lyrics from Advent Songs

December 23, 2013 | Ty Gibson

I’m one of those weirdos who could listen to Christmas music year-round. But I don’t, because I love the special sense of awareness of the incarnation that dawns upon my heart every year in December as advent songs begin to play. Some of these songs, especially the old ones, seem to me to breathe upon this hard, cold world the very atmosphere of heaven.

And I love that.

I love the fact that each year—rising above all oppression, enslavement, injustice, and poverty—these melodies of God incarnate, God in love, God in the throes of a voluntary agony in solidarity with us, rebuke the darkness and articulate hope.

The poetry of song has a way of concentrating massive amounts of meaning in a minimum of words while piercing deep into the emotions. Advent songs seem to possess an unusual share of this poetic clarity. Here are five of my favorite lines from Advent songs and the ideas they stimulate within me.

Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem O little town of Bethlehem,
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Finding Jesus in Christmas

December 17, 2012 | James Rafferty

A group of people was sitting in the waiting area of a popular restaurant. They were hungry, eager for a table, and silently stealing glances at each other. Then in came yet another family with a small child. As the man went to register his name, the child standing in the middle of this group began looking at their hungry faces. He looked at one and then another and with a smile said, “Hi! I’m hungry. Are you? Hi! I’m hungry. Are you? Hi! I’m hungry. Are you?” And one by one the faces began to smile back at the child and then at one another until the whole atmosphere was changed. (A modern story based on Matthew 18:1-4).

Heaven is like a child. They possess a natural trust, an unconditional love, a desire to see the best in others. That’s one reason we warn them about strangers. Satan has been hard at work to wipe out this child-like love just like he tried to destroy Christ as soon as …
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James Rafferty

Co-Director
Light Bearers