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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 about the things they get at Christmas from family and friends and, as usual, I …

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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 sie mit Christen teilen? Read the rest.  Especially if you’re of the atheist persuasion; a …

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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 that on the coming Christmas day, Friday, December 25, 1523, the Lord’s Supper would be …

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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 er sich schätzen ließe, ein. jeglicher in seine Stadt. Da machte sich auch auf Joseph …

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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 the Roman Curia. Brunner makes the same point more fully in his awesomely brilliant ‘Man …

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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 μεθιστάναι, ἀγάπην δὲ μὴ ἔχω, οὐθέν εἰμι. κἂν ψωμίσω πάντα τὰ ὑπάρχοντά μου καὶ ἐὰν …

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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 … as modern readers, we must recognize that Matthew is not attempting to write a history …

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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 letter) is not equal to Χ (the Greek letter).  Ξ is.  Further, really, how many …

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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 Day’ or even better – ‘Dum Dag’. “I am devastated and think they are crossing …

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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 sing: ‘Bultmann is the latest thing!’ (Or they would if he had not Demythologized the …

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