Monthly Archives: December 2014

Berkouwer-against glorifying virginity

Today I finish up talking about G. C. Berkouwer’s reflection on the Christmas event in his book, The Work of Christ. There is a real problem with the way popular and theological understandings of the virgin birth have developed. The … Continue reading

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Berkouwer-Mary’s role and the sign

Today I have a point or two about the birth of Jesus as a sign from G.C. Berkouwer’s book, The Work of Christ. Berkouwer was dubious about Barth’s contention that the virgin birth related to the incarnation the way a … Continue reading

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Yearly letter

My custom the last few years has been to post my family Christmas letter on the blog.  This enables me to link to it on social media.  When you have been pastor at several churches you have too many people … Continue reading

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The 1914 Christmas truce

In England a chocolate company is running this ad commemorating something that actually happened 100 years ago this Christmas.

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Berkouwer-Sign and Fact

I continue my Christmas season reading of G. C. Berkouwer’s The Work of Christ.  I am reading the parts about the incarnation and the virgin birth. Berkouwer has been expounding on Karl Barth’s position on the virgin birth.  Barth saw … Continue reading

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Berkouwer-the virgin birth and toxic masculinity

I am reading G. C. Berkouwer’s The Work of Christ.  I ended my last post promising to talk more about Berkouwer’s exposition of Karl Barth on the virgin birth. Karl Barth is hard to understand. I doubt I have ever totally … Continue reading

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Berkouwer-the virgin birth, explanation or sign?

In The Work of Christ G. C. Berkouwer details the discussion between Emil Brunner and Karl Barth about the virgin birth.  So we get into some heavy Christmas theology. Beginning in the 1920s, Brunner called for reform of the creedal … Continue reading

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