Meditation for Christmas Eve

My favourite moment to preach is Christmas Eve. This year, for only the second time in decades, I will not be preaching on that ‘Holy Night.” This is because I have stepped back from formal preaching since mid-summer until next year; I think in response to ‘Orders from On High”! So, I thought I could preach through the wonder of the internet! Here is the meditation from last Christmas Eve. I am still caught up in the wonder of what I was shown.

2017-12-25 – John 1.1-18 – When Did We Know.pdf

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Is Coming…And I Can Hardly Wait!

Christmas is coming, and I can hardly wait! It is, for me, the most “wonder” filled time of the year.  Filled with “wonder” that the Creator of all things should choose to become one of His creatures.  Filled with “wonder” that we creatures might then participate in the Creator’s own eternal life.  What amazing grace!

For the first time in nearly fifty years, I myself will not be preaching during this season and I will sorely miss doing so.  I have felt that the Lord wanted me to not speak in any public way until the beginning of the next calendar year.  You can imagine how hard it is for me to say “no” to the invitations I receive.

But the other day I thought, I can still “preach” the good news through the book I wrote for the Advent-Christmas season!  It is entitled, “The Most Wonderful Time of ALL Years.”

Hence, this post bringing it to your attention. (You can click the book cover on the left to find it on Amazon.)

In the book, I work through the whole Christmas story, one week, one day at a time.  In the first week, we look at the Christmas story through the experience of Mary, the most blessed human being to ever live, carrying in her womb the world’s Saviour and Lord.  In the second, we look at the story through the experience of John the Baptist, the next-most-blessed human being to ever live, serving as the “forerunner” of the world Redeemer and Master.  The third week we read the story through the experience of Joseph, who had the unspeakable privilege of adopting the Son of God as his son, fathering the eternally begotten Son of the eternal Father.  We also look at the Christmas Eve story, where the night sky is filled with the glory of God, and angels announce the “wonder.”  The fourth week we look at the story through those who met Jesus immediately after His birth while He is still an infant, and learn more of why He was born into the world.  I conclude the book with a Christmas Eve meditation I have preached in the United States, the Philippines, and Canada, “If The Real Story Be Told,” seeking to make the good news as crystal clear as humanly possible.

So, if you want to go beyond the hype and sentimentality of the season, I offer you my attempt to “go deep” into the story of all stories.

A blessed Advent and Christmas to you and all those you love.

IN Jesus,
Darrell Johnson

Thank you Worship Central!

What a pleasure it was to open the Word with you all this past Saturday at Worship Central.  Isn’t it incredible, the lengths our God will go to bring us in?  The walls He jumps over, the obstacles He removes…all to bring us into relationship with Himself.

For those of you who were unable to attend the main session, Worship Central will have the video shortly which will be cross-posted here as soon as it is available.  The following video is from the Workshop after Saturday’s Main Session #2 and is entitled, The Gospel of Inclusion.  It was recorded off a cellular phone so please pardon the audio/video quality.


Two weeks to go until Worship Central Vancouver.

I have the joy and privilege of being one of the presenters again at Worship Central on February 16 and 17.  This event is a two-day training conference designed for church leaders, worship leaders, musicians, and anyone who is passionate about encountering God through authentic worship.

Registration is still available at

See you there!

Educational Opportunity: Intro to Preaching and Teaching @ North Shore School of Mission

My good friend and gifted preacher Anthony Brown, will be facilitating “An Introduction to Preaching and Teaching” course at the new North Shore School of Mission.  The sessions will be taught by North Shore pastors, although Anthony has invited me to guest instruct on January 29, 2018.  Over the 7 to 10 weeks, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss and explore many aspects of preaching and teaching, including the marks of good preaching, issues involved in writing and preaching sermons and much more.  No prior theological training is required to participate.

Further information and online registration can be found at

Blessings to you all during this Advent Season!

A new book, just in time for Christmas!

Just in time for Christmas, I have a new book now available called Jesus the Healer.  This book is a collection of my sermons on Matthew 8-9, in which Matthew–the tax collector turned evangelist–records ten examples of Jesus entering into our brokenness and bringing about substantive levels of healing.  In each sermon, I seek to both understand what Matthew claims Jesus did, and then grapple with what it means for us two thousand years later.

It is available from Regent Bookstore,, and in paperback format.

A Tribute to a Master Expositor

Like many of you, I was saddened to learn that the “Master Expositor” Haddon W. Robinson has passed away.  The church (and the world) will greatly miss his consistent example and call to faithful Biblical preaching.  Like many of you, I do, however, rejoice that he now knows The Master he so faithfully preached in a way none of us can on this side of that very permeable curtain that separates this world from the next.  He is gone … but he is not dead!  As The Master says: “I AM the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die” (John 11:25-26).  Passed through to the other side.  But not dead.  Thanks be to God!

I thought that as a wholly inadequate tribute to Dr. Robinson, I would simply express my gratitude for what the Spirit enabled him to teach us preachers who had the privilege of learning from him.  Although I only met him in person once, when I preached for a conference with him sitting in the front row (yikes!), I have read much of what he wrote, and have for the past decades used his classic book “Biblical Preaching” in the courses I have taught for Regent College and Carey Theological College.  I have said to many up and coming preachers, “Before you seek to develop a style of preaching unique to the way the Lord has gifted you, read and re-read Robinson, for he will help you get the basics of expository preaching into your soul.”

Three things stand out to me at this time.

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Upper Room Discourse Serminar…in Chinese!

Thank you all for spending the past week with me as we walked through the Upper Room Discourse and, a big thank you to Pochia for her brilliant, line-by-line translation work!  I trust that you have been blessed as we listened to Jesus’ words together.