How To Respond Appropriately

And as an example of how not to respond appropriately, there’s this ad which thinks that you don’t need to know a language or even its alphabet in order to wish someone a Happy Hanukkah…     [Read more…]

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A Spaceman Came Traveling

A newer rendition of the classic sci-fi Christmas song by Chris DeBurgh, “A Spaceman Came Traveling,” here performed by Celtic Women. This performance was drawn to my attention via the new book from Rowman and Littlefield, The Bible in Music: A Dictionary of Songs, Works, and More. [Read more…]

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Holiday Shopping

I’m not one of those bloggers who asks for donations – the fact that most of you visit here without using AdBlocker or something similar is quite enough, and I am grateful. But as an Amazon associate, I suppose I ought to let you know that, if you do your Amazon shopping through by clicking here, [Read More…]

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Highway to the Manger Zone

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Do You Still Believe?

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Refugee Christmas

The cartoon above came to my attention via Daily Kos. Brice Jones recently wrote a blog post about Stephen Carlson’s argument regarding the mistranslation “inn” in Luke’s infancy narrative. That in turn builds on the case that Kenneth Bailey has made regarding the cultural background of that story. On the one hand, the traditional versions [Read More…]

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Holiday Season PSA

From Rachel Held Evans. HT Brian LePort for this year’s reminder.   [Read more…]

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If Coffee Cups Define Your Christmas

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Doctor Who Nativity

I came across this picture on Reddit. I hope that someone is keeping their eyes on that angel! Can you envisage the story? Baby Jesus attacked by a Dalek and a Weeping Angel, and the Doctor arrives to save the day? What details would you fill in?   [Read more…]

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Doctor Who: Last Christmas

The episode starts with Clara being awoken by noise on the rooftop. It is Santa, two elves, a sled and flying reindeer. It is immediately comical. An elf makes a reference to Santa growing a beard as a disguise, but peope have picked up on it. They pole fun at Clara’s suggestion that her parents [Read More…]

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Transformation Happens

A powerful symbol of the meaning of Christmas for the present day. HT The Jesus Blog [Read more…]

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