Tag Archives: Christmas

Answering Your Letters: The Christmas Edition

A short one came today from someone called Todd- Dear Jim, So, I saw on Twitter that you got an iPad mini.  What else did you get? Todd Howdy Todd- That’s a good question isn’t it.  Usually folk talk first … Continue reading

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Atheists and Christmas

A fine essay this morning has appeared in Evangelische-Zeitung titled Rechnen Atheisten mit einem Wunder? It begins with a series of pertinent questions- Rechnen Atheisten mit einem Wunder? Und welche Hoffnung verbinden Atheisten mit Weihnachten? Gibt es überhaupt eine Hoffnung, die … Continue reading

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Today With Zwingli

It was on Christmas Day, 1523 that the celebration of the Mass was replaced in Zurich by a simpler and far more biblical celebration of the Lord’s Supper. As noted by S.M. Jackson, earlier that month… Zwingli … plainly announced … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, Friends!

Es begab sich aber zu der Zeit, daß ein Gebot vom Kaiser Augustus ausging, daß alle Welt geschätzt würde. Und diese Schätzung war die allererste und geschah zu der Zeit, da Cyrenius Landpfleger in Syrien war. Und jedermann ging, daß … Continue reading

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The Pope Sounds Very Much Like Emil Brunner

“The defence of the family is about man himself. And it becomes clear that when God is denied, human dignity also disappears. Whoever defends God is defending man”, said Pope Benedict XVI Friday in his Christmas address to members of … Continue reading

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Happy Advent 2

Ἐὰν ταῖς γλώσσαις τῶν ἀνθρώπων λαλῶ καὶ τῶν ἀγγέλων, ἀγάπην δὲ μὴ ἔχω, γέγονα χαλκὸς ἠχῶν ἢ κύμβαλον ἀλαλάζον. καὶ ἐὰν ἔχω προφητείαν καὶ εἰδῶ τὰ μυστήρια πάντα καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν γνῶσιν καὶ ἐὰν ἔχω πᾶσαν τὴν πίστιν ὥστε ὄρη … Continue reading

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I Like Krista. Krista is Smart. Krista is Astute. Krista is On the Blogroll.

You’ll like her too, and you’ll see how smart she is, and you’ll recognize her astuteness, and you’ll plop her on your own blogroll when you read her brilliant post on Matthew’s use of Isaiah, which she concludes by saying … Continue reading

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The Letter ‘X’ is Never used in the Nomina Sacra- Please Don’t Say It Is, And Don’t say It’s a Proper Replacement for Christmas

Mike Bird has an interesting little post with which I cannot agree.  He suggests, in short, that it’s ok to abbreviate Christmas with Xmas, suggesting -I think erroneously- that X is the Nomina Sacra.  But it isn’t. X (the English … Continue reading

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Sweden: Keeping Christ out of Christmas

A nativity scene planned for a popular Christmas market in southern Sweden has been cut after the organizers felt it compromised their “political and religious independence”. I hope they don’t call their holiday ‘Christmas’ then. They should call it ‘Doofus … Continue reading

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Christmas in February?

Chris Tilling has posted a Christmas poem… on Bultmann…  So, naturally, I’ll reduplicate it here since it’s right funny-  (and that’s right, Rudolf is scowling at you, Chris.  He’s not pleased…) Christmas with the Dymythologisers 1 Hark, the herald angels … Continue reading

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The Bavarian Church Where the Members Really are Cold. Really Cold.

But this time being cold is a beautiful thing– A Church built entirely of snow and ice had its grand opening in the Bavarian village of Mitterfirmiansreut Wednesday night. Villagers built the church, which is made up of more than … Continue reading

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When Churches Lose the Plot- This Is What Happens to their ‘Youth’ Program

Mosaic Church in Chattanooga calls its Youth ministry ‘Club Fathom’.  Club Fathom was the scene of a violent brawl the other day. A Christmas morning shooting that injured nine people is further evidence that the downtown club where the brawl … Continue reading

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Death is the Reason for the Season

The New Testament is right to draw from this theological well (Is 53) as it nicely expresses the reason for which redemption is necessary. No one should celebrate Christmas without remembering that it is because of sin that the sending … Continue reading

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Christians in The Middle East Celebrate the Savior’s Birth

Al Jazeera has a fantastic photo array of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East celebrating Christmas.  Take a look.  Here’s my favorite- from the Church of the Nativity in the little town of Bethlehem:

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Praying for the Nigerian Church

Two bomb explosions targeting Christmas morning church services in Nigeria have left at least 25 people dead, officials said, in what appears to be a series of co-ordinated attacks in the heart of the country. The first attack occurred near a Catholic … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

Have a wondrous day and a brilliant New Year! Related articles Pope delivers message of peace on Christmas – CBS News (cbsnews.com) Christmas blast kills 19 at Nigeria church – Reuters (reuters.com)

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My Favorite Christmas Song: Oh Holy Night

Nicely sung by Mariah Carey (though the introductory commercial-ette is a tad annoying) –

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The Latest From Bibledex: Christmas Stamps and the Virgin Mary

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Total Depravity: Wretched, Vile Thievery

Unfortunately the criminals arrested haven’t been named.  What a shame. Police say two South Florida women are accused of stealing Christmas decorations from their neighbor’s yard and putting them in a yard less than a block away.  Police in the … Continue reading

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Christmas in the South

If a picture is worth 1000 words, this one describes the South in exactly 1000. Joel Watts’ Christmas Deco

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