In his classic story A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens describes the Advent season as “a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time.” At RTB, Christmas certainly is a good time with plenty of homemade treats to share and a joyous annual party to anticipate. We are reminded constantly of God’s goodness to us in Christ.
We hope that your December festivities will also reflect Dickens’ sentiment. And to aid in this season’s contemplations, conversations, and celebrations, we offer a selection of our Christmas-themed resources to equip and encourage you.
We at RTB wish you and yours a very merry Christmas!
The Bethlehem star
One of our more popular holiday topics, the star of Bethlehem often raises questions. What was the star? Who were the Magi and how did the star guide them to Jesus? Theories abound, but RTB’s Christmas star web page provides articles, videos, and podcasts dedicated to weighing Scripture and scientific evidence to piece together probable explanations for this intriguing part of the Nativity story. And in case you missed it earlier this month, Hugh Ross examines recent research that sheds new light on the star.
Christmas edition podcasts
RTB scholars share personal reflections on the Advent season and what Christ’s first coming reveals about God’s wondrous character and generosity.
- “Hugh Ross on God’s Intimate Care”
- “Jeff Zweerink on Patience”
- “Kenneth Samples on Grace”
- “Fuz Rana on Love”
- “Three Reasons Why I Love the Advent Season” with Kenneth Samples
- “No Christmas in the Bible?” with Kenneth Samples, Jeff Zweerink, and Dave Rogstad
“The Greatest Gift of All” — Fuz Rana shares the story of how God’s greatest gift, Jesus Christ, transformed his life.
“Jesus, Our Emmanuel” — Kenneth Samples defines the historic Christian view of God incarnate.
“Top 5 Common Christmas Myths” — Editor Sandra Dimas interviews theologian Krista Bontrager to debunk common misconceptions about the Nativity story.
“We Three Kings” — Editor Maureen Moser reflects on the visit of the Magi and what their story says about the importance of loving God with all of our mind.
“The Best Present” — Sandra discusses why the Incarnation is the greatest gift humanity ever received.
“Is God Too Busy for Us?” — Maureen makes a connection between thoughtful holiday gifts and the Creator’s thoughtfulness that appears throughout creation, reminding us that He loves us very much.
“Bright Lights, Sparkling Trees, Joyful Music, Delicious Treats” — Together, Sandra and Maureen discuss how the Christmas season reminds us of the “tidings of great joy” that Christ’s birth brought to this weary world.