Four Classical Virtues on the Fourth Day

We are still early in Christmas and the great gifts of the third day (hope, faith, and charity) are followed by more. There is always more at Christmas, because God became man and the super-abundance spills out everywhere for always. If my true love gave me four things this Fourth Day of Christmas, I would hope [Read More…]

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Three Virtues: Third Day

Let’s party virtuously.  If that seems odd, it is because we have made one mistake or another. Some have made otherwise harmless behaviors “naughty.” Go read Shakespeare and relax. Others glory in their shame and cannot have fun without decadence. Go read Shakespeare. Generally, go read Shakespeare, but if you insist on staying, then recollect that [Read More…]

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On the Feast of Stephen: Second Day of Christmas

Christ is born and the fast of Advent is done. Today the party’s just starting with ten day of Christmas untouched and yet to enjoy! Yet today in her wisdom, God used history to remind us that the party will end. Jesus was born, lived, died, and then rose from the dead. He ascended into Heaven and His [Read More…]

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The Location of the Tsarist Gold: Merry Christmas!

I am told the least read post of the year is the one posted on Christmas Day. As a result, I have chosen this post to communicate to my friends, the location of the last Tsar of Russia’s gold. We buried it in the olive grove at Biola University before moving to Houston. Used it [Read More…]

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Relax: the Savior is Come and We are Not He

2016 is one of those years. The Republic did not totter, but it did slouch a bit. We are divided politically and our global presence has long been in decline. We keep aborting babies, too many do not know black lives matter, and our police officers were the target of killers. Most of the world [Read More…]

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Inside information on “Rogue One” Sequel in Works: “New Hope”

There are some mild potential spoilers here for Rogue One and speculation about the sequel A New Hope.  By now everyone on the Internet knows that Disney’s brilliant Rogue One will have the sequel set up by the end of this blockbuster. For those of us who were thrilled with Disney returning to their roots that began with The [Read More…]

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Rankin and Bass Solve the World’s Problems

Why read a book when you can find solutions to all the world’s problems in Christmas holiday specials? Why struggle through the complex plotting of the typical Hallmark movie, when you can learn it all in soothing stop-action animation? Don’t watch black and white Capra, when you can be dazzled with full color. If you have [Read More…]

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Mary as Wise Woman: the Improbability of “Just a. . . ” Mary

Mary is the Mother of God. All Christians agree on that truth or they are not really Christians. This fundamental truth of Christmas, that a human being contributed her full humanity to Jesus, is perilous. Some are tempted to worship the womb while others try to reduce her to a womb. We must honor Mary, [Read More…]

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The Christmas Cantata: A Short Story With a Remarkably Fecund Ending

Does anyone perform a cantata any more? What is a cantata anyway? When I was young, they were everywhere: a strange blend of musical theater, opera, and Handel if Handel had written for Evangelicals who sang SATB. John W. Peterson was the Man of Many Cantatas and oddly enough I enjoyed them. One year in [Read More…]

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Lucy Saw Clearly: Give and It Will Be Give to You

Lucy was a young girl who gave all she had to Jesus and so she has lived forever in the mind of the church. On the short, cold days just before Christmas, Christians still remember this girl whose name means “Light.”   On the darkest days, Lucy’s example is light. Jesus was always saying something [Read More…]

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