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PART V: JOURNEY OF THE CAROLS (O Holy Night)

I'm biased. This is my favorite Christmas song. Period. Maybe it's because it resonates with my heart like none other. Maybe it's because the lyrics pound my mind as I read the news. Maybe it's because of the beautiful theology of our Savior woven throughout. Maybe it's because I deem David Phelps vocal rendition of this…

PART III: JOURNEY OF THE CAROLS (O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM)

Christmas certainly reminds us that great gifts can come in small packages. In fact, as a frequent traveler, nearly all my favorite gifts come in very small packages. The greatest gift this world ever received was packaged in the form of a newborn baby when "God gave His only begotten Son" (John 3:16). C.S. Lewis delivered…

PART II: JOURNEY OF THE CAROLS (Hark the Herald Angels Sing)

There are many reasons I love Christmas time. I could certainly make a list, but for now, I'll share a headliner. My life largely takes place in airports. Lots of them. Even now (as I write), I'm sitting in an Air France lounge in Paris waiting to board back-to-back ten hour flights to Atlanta, Georgia…

PART I: JOURNEY OF THE CAROLS (I Heard the Bells)

As we journey through various Christmas songs over the next month, my heart aches for many friends who are celebrating this season with glaring losses and emptiness in their lives. Broken homes wrecked by divorce, abuse, homelessness, poverty, war, and the like. For some, loved ones who have recently been taken from them. Sometimes it's…

Entering Christmas Season by the Door of Humility

If one journeys to Bethlehem today and makes the trek to the Church of the Nativity, there is a slightly unique condition that must be met. Greeting them is a curiously small portal through which each pilgrim must pass. Though once a larger door, the entrance was closed in during the Ottoman Empire to prevent…