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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Rest Merrily

Be merry, God says, though perhaps I should start by being a gentleman! The least important life mission I have adopted is to remind singers that God Rest You Merry, Gentleman has a comma.  Gentleman are being commanded to be merry, not already jolly. This is important, to the extent that such things can be important, [Read More…]

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She Makes Bleak Golden

If you do not read Christina Rossetti, stop reading this now and go buy a book. I can wait. Those who know that Rossetti is the poet still standing against the alt-Left and the alt-Right, politically incorrect and yet a Lady, welcome you to the resistance. Rossetti wanted beauty more than wealth, virtue more than [Read More…]

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The Holly and the Ivy or The Pony and the Elephant

Christmas has traditions that you should change and make your own, but some things get worse with tinkering. I should know. My children had two bath toys, a pony and an elephant, that endured through many adventures in cleanliness. They lasted long enough to need their own song and I “wrote” one called The Pony and the Elephant. This [Read More…]

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“Man of the Worldly Mind”- Scrooge and His Simplistic Materialism

Scrooge has a great many problems and one of them is a weird irrationality about the world. He is a materialist. He thinks (!) that nothing exists, but matter. When confronted with a refutation of his beliefs in the form of a ghost, he refuses to be convinced. Here is the exchange: “You don’t believe in [Read More…]

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Aspire to be Fezziwig: Isn’t It Time to Grow Up?

When I was a boy, my Papaws made me want to be old. They had time to tell stories, being retired and all, and they were gentleman. They wore suits to church and had great hats. Even when he was a young man, my dad was well on his way to adulthood: he has spent [Read More…]

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