Christmas

Living Between the Two Advents of Messiah

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As Christmas approaches, Dr. Boa discusses the season of Advent with his Wednesday Morning Men’s Fellowship in Atlanta. He explains how the Advent season is a time of looking both back to the first advent of Christ and forward to his second coming. Three songs represent these dual purposes of Advent (which the group sings together, led by David White):

“O Come, O Come,

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The Return of the Bethlehem Star

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When he was in seminary, Ken Boa wanted to incorporate his astronomy background into his master’s thesis. He did so by studying and writing on the star of Bethlehem. His thesis was published by Doubleday in 1980 and later (in 1985) by Zondervan as The Return of the Star of Bethlehem. You can purchase the book in the Ken Boa Store. 

Before looking at some of the attempts to explain the star,

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The Mystery of the Incarnation

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All praise to Thee, Eternal Lord,
Clothed in a garb of flesh and blood;
Choosing a manger for Thy throne,
While worlds on worlds are Thine alone.
—Martin Luther

Although we live in a pluralistic culture that tells us that Christianity is just one option in a whole cafeteria of equally valid spiritual choices, a closer look at the Bible reveals its profound uniqueness.

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