It Was Not a Silent Night

In 1816, an Austrian priest named Josef Mohr wrote the words to a Christmas carol for his own congregation, to be sung on Christmas Eve:… read more

A Defining Moment

In the last few posts, we’ve been looking at Christmas through Mary’s eyes. We began by considering Mary’s perspective… read more

No Room in the Guest Room

While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of c… read more

Joseph Did What the Lord Commanded

When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with … read more

Little Town of Bethlehem

We turn from the story of the Annunciation (the announcement that Mary would have a child) to the story of how Joseph came to know that … read more

Room in the Inn?

Merry Christmas! Today, we end our journey retracing Mary and Joseph’s steps with the long-awaited arrival of the Christ Child.&nb… read more

The Journey: From Nazareth to Bethlehem

In my trip to the Holy Land to research my book, The Journey, we traveled by car, by van, and on foot as we sought to follow the journey… read more

Herod and Joseph: A Contrast in Character

Assuming Joseph was a young man when Jesus was conceived, one king had ruled over Judea during Joseph’s entire life: Herod “… read more