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Mary, did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect lamb?
That sleeping child you're holding is the great I AM.

 

G. K. Chesterton wrote that “the believers in miracles accept them (rightly or wrongly) because they have evidence for them. The disbelievers in miracles deny them (rightly or wrongly) because they have a doctrine against them.”

As we celebrate Christmas–and the miracle of God becoming incarnate–Christians around the globe accept this event as fact, because our lives were changed by it.   Further, we believe in a God who can affect events in the world because to believe otherwise is worse than no belief at all. A worldview that denies the reality of effective prayer–prayer that can change things–is actually incompatible with belief in God in any meaningful sense of the term.

As we pray this holiday season, we need to remember and believe again, that God is not imprisoned in the world he has made.  He is marked by more intelligence than mere fate or chance.  Nothing is fixed.  Everything is flexible. After all, God is Person. And if His image is seen in Jesus Christ, then there is no reason at all to believe that He cannot act with purpose and meaning. Once we liberate God from our finite intellectual bondage–it is not difficult to believe that “With God, all things are possible” (Matt 19:26).

A miracle is an event in which the redemptive purpose of God is clearly made manifest. Christ coming to earth as a baby, then dying for our sins, then rising from the dead, is a miracle because God chose to intervene directly in the natural course of events for a transcendent reason. It isn’t puzzling or confusing.  It simply means we live in a world where the natural and the supernatural can operate together. Where “caring” can impinge upon the “due course of events.” 

As a result, every prayer we utter is, at its core, a request for a miracle. A request for God to insert Himself, to impinge on the natural order. We are asking God to bring to bear upon the concrete situation we are facing, something more than what is being provided by all our human efforts and resources.

Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of one baby, of a totally different order because it was a genuine invasion of the natural order. An invasion with a transcendent purpose. With supernatural meaning. With unconditional love and caring.

 

This Christmas, I invite you to trust again in the miracle of Christmas.

Trust again in miracles. And sing. And pray.

Trust again, in the invading love and impinging grace of God.

 

Articles of Interest

Dr. Caleb Friedeman Publishes Major Reference Work

Published: April 1, 2021

Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that Dr. Caleb Friedeman, David A. Case Chair of Theology and Ministry and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, has published A Scripture Index to Rabbinic Literature(ASIRL) with Hendrickson Academic. This volume is a comprehensive Scripture index to classical rabbinic literature in English that contains approximately 90,000 entries and represents over 2,500 hours of work by a seven-person team over the course of two and a half years. In addition to the work of the editorial team, a group of OCU staff and students assisted in
Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that Dr. Caleb Friedeman, David A. Case Chair of Theology and Ministry and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, has published A Scripture Index to Rabbinic Literature(ASIRL) with Hendrickson Academic. This volume is a comprehensive Scripture index to classical rabbinic literature in English that contains approximately 90,000 entries and
Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that Dr. Caleb Friedeman, David A. Case Chair of Theology and Ministry and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, has published A Scripture Index
Students Serve Alongside WGM in Uganda image

Students Serve Alongside WGM in Uganda

Students Serve Alongside WGM in Uganda image

Published: October 16, 2019

At the end of May, a team from Ohio Christian University traveled to Uganda to serve alongside World Gospel Mission missionaries already working in the area. This trip would best be described as a vision trip rather than the typical mission work some may think of. The team got to see many different ministries the missionaries are working with as well as support them through fellowship and prayer. During the two weeks the team was abroad, they worked with a wide range of ministries, one of which is known as the Dignity project, providing women and girls with reusable feminine products
At the end of May, a team from Ohio Christian University traveled to Uganda to serve alongside World Gospel Mission missionaries already working in the area. This trip would best be described as a vision trip rather than the typical mission work some may think of. The team got to see many different ministries the missionaries are working with as well as support them through fellowship and
At the end of May, a team from Ohio Christian University traveled to Uganda to serve alongside World Gospel Mission missionaries already working in the area. This trip would best be described as a
Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival image

Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival

Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival image

Published: October 16, 2019

Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of Ohio Christian, encouraged students to let go of their former selves and take on their new identity as sons and daughters of God. In order to take on this new identity, Murphy said that one must first stop self-identifying as a sinner saved by grace. “If you continue to call yourself a sinner,” he said, “you’re going to keep acting like one.” Next, one must stop relying on their own actions
Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of Ohio Christian, encouraged students to let go of their former selves and take on their new identity as sons and daughters of God. In order to take on this new identity, Murphy said that one must
Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of
Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion image

Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion

Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion image

Published: July 29, 2019

Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide the opportunity to experience God in a real and impactful way. “This year, the theme is that God made them special and how to discover their gifts and talents to glorify Him” said Marion Christian Center Lead Pastor Perry Payne. Each day of camp kicked off with a student led devotional going over the Beatitudes of Jesus followed by real life breakout sessions. After lunch, students
Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide the opportunity to experience God in a real and impactful way. “This year, the theme is that God made them special and how to discover their gifts and talents to glorify Him” said Marion Christian
Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide

Archived Articles of Interest

Easter - the Extraordinary Found in the Ordinary image

Easter - the Extraordinary Found in the Ordinary

Easter - the Extraordinary Found in the Ordinary image

Published: April 18, 2019

By Rev. David Brown, Associate Professor, Religion
By Rev. David Brown, Associate Professor, Religion
By Rev. David Brown, Associate Professor, Religion
Youth Leadership Conference Focuses on Engaging Youth Culture image

Youth Leadership Conference Focuses on Engaging Youth Culture

Youth Leadership Conference Focuses on Engaging Youth Culture image

Published: January 11, 2019

On Thursday, March 7th, Ohio Christian University is hosting an all-day Youth Leadership Conference focusing on Engaging Youth Culture. The program is ideal for all church pastors and youth pastors. Focused breakout sessions will cover these key topics: - Mental Health and Suicide - Refreshing your Ministry - Developing World Changers by Partnering with Non-Profits - How Media is Shaping your Students - Working with Church Leadership Keynote speaker Dr. Walt Mueller is an authority on youth culture and family issues. Mueller is the founder of the Center for Parent/Youth
On Thursday, March 7th, Ohio Christian University is hosting an all-day Youth Leadership Conference focusing on Engaging Youth Culture. The program is ideal for all church pastors and youth pastors. Focused breakout sessions will cover these key topics: - Mental Health and Suicide - Refreshing your Ministry - Developing World Changers by Partnering with Non-Profits - How Media is Shaping
On Thursday, March 7th, Ohio Christian University is hosting an all-day Youth Leadership Conference focusing on Engaging Youth Culture. The program is ideal for all church pastors and youth pastors
Students Serve Refugees in Spain over Christmas Break image

Students Serve Refugees in Spain over Christmas Break

Students Serve Refugees in Spain over Christmas Break image

Published: January 2, 2019

By Amber Ginter ‘19 / Natasha Grimmett, Director of Student Involvement Instead of relaxing over Christmas break, eight Ohio Christian University (OCU) students and staff took a mission trip to Spain to serve. Devoting their time in service to others for ten days, the students made Barcelona, Spain their new home for the week, adapting to its culture, environment, and surroundings, as Jesus did when He traveled from place to place to serve others. Through Ohio Christian University’s partnership with World Gospel Mission (WGM), Taryn Goble, Victoria Henley, Crystal Bethel, Adina
By Amber Ginter ‘19 / Natasha Grimmett, Director of Student Involvement Instead of relaxing over Christmas break, eight Ohio Christian University (OCU) students and staff took a mission trip to Spain to serve. Devoting their time in service to others for ten days, the students made Barcelona, Spain their new home for the week, adapting to its culture, environment, and surroundings, as Jesus
By Amber Ginter ‘19 / Natasha Grimmett, Director of Student Involvement Instead of relaxing over Christmas break, eight Ohio Christian University (OCU) students and staff took a mission trip to
Master of Arts in Leadership Adds Value image

Master of Arts in Leadership Adds Value

Master of Arts in Leadership Adds Value image

Published: December 6, 2018

The Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL) graduate degree at Ohio Christian University prepares professionals to lead organizations effectively. The program emphasizes acquiring proficiency and skill in critical and strategic thinking, ethics, and the application of leadership philosophy all while integrating Christian principles in management planning and leadership execution. Students apply leadership in teams and learn processes to benefit for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and discover how to evaluate enterprises, understand group dynamics, and improve performance. Jobs in
The Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL) graduate degree at Ohio Christian University prepares professionals to lead organizations effectively. The program emphasizes acquiring proficiency and skill in critical and strategic thinking, ethics, and the application of leadership philosophy all while integrating Christian principles in management planning and leadership execution. Students apply
The Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL) graduate degree at Ohio Christian University prepares professionals to lead organizations effectively. The program emphasizes acquiring proficiency and skill
Student Profile: Heather Tucker image

Student Profile: Heather Tucker

Student Profile: Heather Tucker image

Published: December 7, 2018

By Amber Ginter ‘19 Serving others, loving children, and seeking to have a heart like Jesus is how Heather Tucker describes her passion for becoming an Intervention Specialist through Ohio Christian University’s Teacher Education program. With her focus on special needs, Heather seeks opportunities to serve on campus and in the community. Tuckers’ key accomplishments and inspiration have been in the Special Olympics. She helps in training and competition of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. She has been involved in helping these individuals develop their fitness
By Amber Ginter ‘19 Serving others, loving children, and seeking to have a heart like Jesus is how Heather Tucker describes her passion for becoming an Intervention Specialist through Ohio Christian University’s Teacher Education program. With her focus on special needs, Heather seeks opportunities to serve on campus and in the community. Tuckers’ key accomplishments and inspiration have
By Amber Ginter ‘19 Serving others, loving children, and seeking to have a heart like Jesus is how Heather Tucker describes her passion for becoming an Intervention Specialist through Ohio