Mr. Bean’s Whovian Nativity

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While Waiting for the Shepherds to Arrive…

I went back and forth between several possible titles for this post. What title would you have given it?   [Read more...]

What The Wise Men Forgot

  I saw the image above on Facebook and wanted to share it here. The Gospel of Matthew depicts the magi coming to Bethlehem when Jesus is around 2 years old. For all their reputation as “wise men” they didn’t exactly bring practical gifts. Whether he might have already been potty trained is more of [Read More...]

The Fourth Wise Man

“Unbeknownst to most theologians, there was a fourth wise man, who was turned away for bringing fruitcake.” For other variations, click here.   [Read more...]

Funnier and Wronger?

I originally posted these comments together with other links in a round-up about blogging related to the recent tragedy. But they grew to the point where they seemed to require a post of their own. Brian LePort joined the conversation between Tony Jones and myself about the story of the slaughter of the innocents in [Read More...]

What Makes a Good Star Wars Nativity?

I saw this on Reddit: OK, a holographic Ki-Adi Mundi where one might expect an angel is interesting. But why would Han and Leia give birth to Yoda, or even just be next to Yoda in a manger? If you’re going to put Star Wars or other action figures in a nativity scene, please give [Read More...]

Christmas Spoiler

From a “Rationalist Christmas Card” HT Hemant Mehta   [Read more...]

Jesus was NOT born in a Manger

Let me start by saying that Jesus was not born in a manager. I had that spelling error on an exam this semester. For that to have happened might have looked something like this: Assuming, of course, that the father in the picture was some sort of manager. But even if you get the spelling right, [Read More...]

It’s Not Just the Kids

Episcopal Church Memes shared this cartoon on Facebook. It is from Rev. Jay Sidebotham's St. Swithin's cartoon series. We can all chuckle at the way new technological and other assumptions change the perception of the Christmas story. But the proposal of the vicar in the cartoon – to go back to the King James Version [Read More...]

Dalek Nativity

“For Unto Us a Kaled is Born…“ HT Jeff Carter on Facebook. I am pretty sure that is is the first time I have seen a Dalek kneel…   [Read more...]

Nativity Myths

Frank Viola posted about “Nativity Myths” and “Separating Fact From Fiction in the Nativity Story.” With such promising headings, I clicked through to read the post hopefully, and was disappointed. Although he does a good job of distinguishing between some things that are explicit in the New Testament and others which are later tradition, there [Read More...]


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