The World’s First Book Club

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Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe

The 2011 Doctor Who Christmas special, “The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe,” is full of all the magic one expects from a Doctor Who Christmas special. If you have yet to watch it, do not read on (but do click through and watch the prequel before watching the episode, since it depicts the moments [Read More...]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!* also… Crăciun Fericit! Joyeux Noel! Fröhliche Weihnachten! عيد ميلاد مجيد חג מולד שמח کریسمس مبارک Boldog Karácsonyt! மெர்ரி கிறிஸ்துமஸ் मेरी क्रिसमस Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus! Feliz Navidad! Buon Natale! Καλά Χριστούγεννα! God Jul! Sretam Bozic! Veselé vianoce! С Рождеством! Nollaig Shona Daoibh! Krismasi Njema! 和當然,聖誕快樂 * DISCLAIMER: These Christmas wishes are offered in accordance with the [Read More...]

Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres!

This is the epilogue from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Christmas cantata “Hodie,” which adapts the words from Milton’s “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity“: Ring out, ye crystal spheres, Once bless our human ears, If ye have power to touch our senses so; And let your silver chime Move in melodious time, And let the bass [Read More...]

Domnuleţ şi Domn din cer

This is a Romanian Christmas carol that I love, composed by Gheorghe Cucu. The sheet music is available online. There are a number of different recordings of it available online. One absolutely stellar rendition, by the Bucharest Madrigal Choir, is available on YouTube only in a version that has the very last note cut off, [Read More...]

Hymn to the Virgin (Settings by Edmund Rubbra and Benjamin Britten)

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The Reason You Never Hear About The Fourth Wise Man

Gary Larson has the ending to the fourth wise man’s tale. And Jeff Stahler has a different version of what the third wise man brought. Hope you get gifts you like this holiday! [Read more...]

The Divinity of Christ: A Response to Roger Olson

In the same 24 hour period, Roger Olson and Daniel McClellan posted on the subject of the divinity of Christ. Roger Olson tries to make the case that this doctrine should be regarded as a Christian essential, and I must say that I find his case not only weak but extremely problematic. The New Testament [Read More...]

The Black Knight of the Sith

How could I not have seen this before? Hilarious! [Read more...]

Nobody Liked Caroling With Yoda

Jim West shared this “just for me,” and even though a year ago this I shared, presumably repeating things once a year bother anyone going to is not. [Read more...]

If You Are Seeing Truncated Posts in Your Feed, Please Read This

I’m grateful to commenter Brian for pointing out that some folks have been seeing truncated posts in their subscriptions to the feed from this blog. If that is the case for you, you probably chose to “follow” this blog back when it was on Blogger, and the feed that you subscribed to that way has [Read More...]


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