Christmas: Then and Now
Stories of the Season
by Jon R. Roebuck
Without exception, everyone to whom we preach has heard the story of Mary, Joseph, and the child in the manger. Everyone. So how do we make the message of Christmas relevant, new, and exciting, season after season?
A few years back, I decided to try something a little different. I decided to write a story of Christmas, using both historical setting and pure imagination. I enjoyed the diversion from normal sermon writing. I also enjoyed the process of creating an original narrative to convey the message of Christmas. I first wrote a “period” piece set in the context of ancient Israel. I then tried my hand with a modern-day story. Soon, the stories became a part of Christmas at Woodmont. What you hold in your hand is a collection of twenty-five stories that I have written over the past dozen or so years. Some are set centuries ago while others are drawn from modern life—thus the title, Christmas: Then and Now. It is my sincere hope that each of these stories will remind you of God’s unfolding plan of redemption and grace offered through the child born at Christmas.
About the Author
Dr. Jon R. Roebuck currently serves as senior pastor of Woodmont Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, a position he has held for the past 15 years. He also serves as an adjunct professor in the School of Religion at Belmont University. He and his wife, Linda, have been married for 30 years and have three grown children.
The Roebucks live in Franklin, Tennessee. Dr. Roebuck is an avid college football fan, a Braves baseball fan, and enjoys both golf and fishing.