There are some misunderstandings about the Christmas story, some of which are common in the church. Was Jesus born on December 25? What year was He born? Did the Wise Men bring their gifts to the manger? Matt and Micah help us clarify some of the common issues and questions surrounding the birth of our Savior.
Some of the best lyrics for the church are found in the Christmas hymns. Matt and Micah explore a few of their favorite Christmas hymns and share their thoughts behind the rich theology in the lyrics.
“Why Would He Do This For Us?”
A Christmas Poem
by Dr. Micah Carter
God the Son, eternally loved,
Content in the riches of heaven;
Perceived our need and poverty,
Set aside glory to become human.
Sovereign God without limitations
Took up our weakness and sorrow,
He emptied himself and united with flesh
So that our limitations he’d know.
Deserving much more at the time of his birth,
He settled for humble condition.
A manger his crib in the stench of the stable—
Where is this King’s recognition?
Yet all of his life, despised and rejected!
His own people refused his acclaim;
Humbly he lived, obedient he died,
That we might have life in his name!
We look upon him with pity and wonder,
Why would he do this for us?
To start in a manger and end on a cross;
The world has not ceased to discuss.
Now cross overcome and death put to death,
Eternal glory his, victorious!
Eternal life as a gift in the manger-laid Son;
Why would he do this for us?
Many critics of the Bible have accused God of being guilty of divine or cosmic child abuse. He ordered Abraham to sacrifice his own son Isaac, and God even sacrifice his own Son. Is this considered divine child abuse? It is important to understand the context and the overarching story of Holy Scripture in order to answer this question. Matt and Micah wade through some deeper water to help us understand what God was doing with Abraham and Isaac and His own son Jesus.
Join Matt and Micah as they discuss the responsibilities of a welcoming a guest preacher. Is it fair to ask a guest preacher to tailor his message to a certain theme? How do you handle the invitation at the end of the message? What if the guest preaches something contrary to the scripture or contrary to what a pastor has been teaching his people?
Join Matt and Micah as they give some helpful insight into the Old Testament laws concerning clean and unclean animals. Many Christians struggle understanding why God would prohibit his people to eat certain kinds of animals. On this podcast, you will hear that God’s intention was to give illustrations of purity to His people by using food and other common things like clothing and property.
Matt and Micah jump back into the podcast after a long break with a conversation about what God has been laying on their hearts to preach and teach. They offer great insight on some subjects such as the book of Mark and Ephesians and how they plan their preaching.
Matt is joined by special guest Marty Hurt, Minister of Music at Gaston Baptist Church in Booneville, MS. Matt and Marty have the privilege to serve together as worship leaders and friends. In this episode they discuss the origins of Christian worship and some of the practical aspects of corporate worship that provide constant conversation for them as they work together to lead a local church.
Why are we here? What has gone wrong with the world? What do we do to fix it? Matt and Micah discuss the importance of answering these questions and more as they survey the major worldview categories. How one views the world will determine how he or she will live.
Join Matt and Micah as they took a look at the landscape of the four New Testament Gospels. When these four writings are combined, we get a complete story of Jesus and what He came to do.