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The Peculiar Glory of the Incarnation

Michael Riccardi | December 22, 2015

It is a joy to reserve this part of the year to remember and celebrate the birth of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. This, of course, is what Christmas is about in the truest sense. Amid all the tinsel, the gingerbread cookies, and the trees and stockings and gift shopping, true Christians pause to […]

The Gospel According to Christmas Carols

Nathan Busenitz | December 18, 2015

It’s that time of year. Turn on the radio, take a trip to the mall, or simply stroll down the aisles of the local grocery store, and you’re likely to hear songs about Jesus’ birth playing in the background. We call them “Christmas carols,” but they are really Christian hymns celebrating the incarnation of our Lord and Savior. For […]

White Lies and Santa Claus

Clint Archer | December 17, 2015

Is it ever a good idea for parents to mislead their children about Santa Claus by pretending that he’s real? I’m no Scrooge. I don’t object to draping tinsel, jetting off Christmas e-cards, or singing inane jingles about jingling bells. I trust that my family understands that the plastic conifer in our living room is not […]

God in the Manger

John MacArthur | December 16, 2015

What is the real meaning of Christmas? The answer may just surprise you. For many, Christmas is the time to think of Jesus Christ as a baby in a manger. While the birth of Christ is a special and miraculous event, it isn’t the primary focus. The central truth of the Christmas story is this: […]

What Would Jesus Do?

Nathan Busenitz | December 15, 2015

Reaching the peak of its popularity in the mid-1990s, the phrase “What Would Jesus Do?” used to be the de facto slogan of mainstream American evangelicalism. (Remember the bracelets and wristbands?) And although its prevalence has declined in recent years, a quick internet search reveals that WWJD remains a popular motto. You can still find the […]

Review: Do More Better

Eric Davis | December 10, 2015

Getting more done. Sigh. Bring on the low-grade guilt, memories of shipwrecked New Year’s resolutions, and the “I-am-so-lame” feeling as we watch productive people owning their to-do lists. Productivity is a huge topic and major cultural itch. A search of books on the topic in Amazon yields some 36,000 hits. And it’s not a new […]

Hymns of Grace

TMS Staff | December 2, 2015

The Master’s Seminary, in conjunction with Grace Community Church, is pleased to announce the publication of a new hymnal: Hymns of Grace. Speaking of the vital importance of hymns in the life of the church, John MacArthur writes: Hymns are wonderful didactic tools, filled with Scripture and sound doctrine, a medium for teaching and admonishing one another, […]

Christmas, Controversies, and Christ

Nathan Busenitz | December 1, 2015

Mention “Christmas” and “controversy” together in the same sentence, and most evangelicals will assume you’re talking about Santa Claus, Christmas trees, or the secularization of the winter holiday season. But, from a historical perspective, a much more significant controversy surrounded Christmas for the first five centuries of church history; and its effects still linger in […]

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