#7 most popular Cranach blog post of the year

On April 16, we linked to another post that dismantled myths about the origins of Easter, which became the seventh most viewed post of the year:

Easter did NOT come from a pagan holiday.

And in honor of this week’s upcoming holiday, which is also the subject of similar myths, I offer this bonus from Christmas Eve, 2012:

Christmas was NOT based on the Roman Juvenalia

He will build you a House

We are on the road for Christmas, and we worshipped on the last Sunday of Advent at the church where my son-in-law is the pastor.  (As of now, our Advent Christmas embargo is over.)   Rev. Ned Moerbe preached on the Old Testament text for the day, 2 Samuel 7, in which David had the idea of building God a house; that is, a permanent Temple to replace the Tabernacle tent that the children of Israel had used as the place of sacrifice since the Exodus.  But God, through Nathan the prophet, tells David not to build Him a house; that He would build David a house, an eternal house, prophesying the perpetual reign of  David’s descendant, the Christ.

In the course of the sermon, we were told that the custom in the ancient Biblical cultures was when a couple was betrothed, they waited to get married until the groom built his bride a house for them to live in, either a separate structure or an addition to a family home.  This would probably have been the case with Joseph–whose profession as a carpenter, in the original languages, was not so much a builder of furniture but a builder of houses–and Mary, his betrothed.  And this speaks to us of Advent. . . [Read more...]

Christmas Songs

Cheryl Magness offers Twelve Of The Best Christmas Songs You May Not Have Heard.  She includes YouTube videos of the performances, and listening to them is a Christmas meditation in itself.

What are your favorite Christmas songs?  Give them, along your criteria for what makes them so good.

HT:  Mary Moerbe

 

John the Baptizer

The great figure of Advent is John the Baptist.  We think of him as that harsh, say-it-like-it-is prophet who ate insects.  But what he preached was repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  Which he conveyed by baptism. [Read more...]

Advent do’s and don’t’s

More from Mollie Hemingway,  Forget The War On Christmas, The War On Advent Is Worse in The Federalist:

1) Advent is for preparation. Christmas is for partying. So that means Christmas parties should take place during Christmas. Christmas parties should not take place during Advent. You get 12 full days when hardly anyone is working to party all you want. Use them. [Read more...]

The War On Advent

Mollie Hemingway has written (way back in October) a piece in the Federalist about what she calls “The War on Advent.”   Besides having the makings of a holiday classic, it makes a fine introduction to this all-but-forgotten season. [Read more...]


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