• ‘Most of the Christmas story is legend’

    I've mentioned before that this blog is nothing if not up-to-date.  So I'd ...

  • ‘The Nativity’ – too much doubt, not enough joy

    It all came together in last night's final episode of the BBC's 'The Nativity'. ...

  • ‘This will be a sign to you’ – sermon notes

    Text: Luke 2:12 - "This will be a sign to you" There is something surprising ...

  • An interview with Joseph – ‘sermon’ notes

    Text: Mt 1:18-25 [Note: the following was presented in the form of a semi-scripted, ...

  • Anna – a meditation

    Text: Luke 2:21-38 More than 80 years before Jesus was born in that manger ...

  • Christmas – what a curious mixture!

    As everyone knows, Christmas is a curious mixture of pagan, folk, and Christian ...

  • Christmas is coming, preacher

    Peter Mead suggests some starting points from which the creatively-challenged ...

  • How (not) to preach a Christmas sermon

    At Christmas, fact and fiction, truth and legend, are mixed so thoroughly that ...

  • Immanuel, God with us – sermon notes

    Text: Isaiah 7 The time is 735 BC or thereabouts.  The southern kingdom of ...

  • Matthew 2:2 – The star of Bethlehem

    With regard to the identity of the 'star of Bethlehem' (Luke 2), scholars have ...

  • Much ado about ‘The Nativity’

    The Daily Express has melodramatically announced that there is 'fury over BBC's ...

  • One language, two religions

    It was J. [...]

  • Out of Egypt – sermon notes

    Matthew 2:13-23 V13 - ‘When they had gone’ – that same night? Whatever ...

  • Poor Joseph?

    St Matthew-in-the-City Church in Auckland, New Zealand, has put up a billboard ...

  • Preach this Christmas

    Ian Paul has commented on the thoughts of David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, ...

  • Sacked for denying the existence of Santa

    A primary school teacher has been fired for telling her rowdy youngsters that ...

  • Should we rewrite the Nativity script?

    As I like to point out to anyone who will listen, a number of features in the ...

  • Simeon – sermon notes

    Text: Luke 2:25-35 When Jesus Christ laid down his life on the cross of Calvary, ...

  • The birth of Jesus – sermon notes

    Text: Luke 2:1-18 ‘History teaches us’ claimed the philosopher Hegel, ‘that ...

  • The blessings of Immanuel

    According to Matthew 1:22-23, Jesus received the name 'Immanuel' ('God with ...

  • The Man Who Invented Christmas

    It was the 31-year-old Charles Dickens, of course, who invented the modern ...

  • The visit of the Magi – sermon notes

    Text: Matthew 2:11 - 'On coming to the house, they saw the child with his ...

  • The Word became flesh – sermon notes

    Text: John 1:14 'The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. [...] ...

  • The Word made flesh

    This is based on an article by Prof Donald MacLeod in The Monthly Record, Jan ...

  • Top ten Christmas conversation starters

    To the seasonally tongue-tied among us, Donald Whitney suggests that the following ...

  • What Christmas is really all about

    And there were in the same country children keeping watch over their stockings ...

  • When, and where, was Jesus born?

    How does 'main-stream' critical scholarship deal with the biblical narratives ...