Why Jesus Died

The quote comes from my post “Remembering the Needs of the Many at Christmas.” [Read more…]

Wrong Hail Mary

CNN reported that a Catholic Church in Sri Lanka printed the wrong lyrics to “Hail Mary” in the bulletin for their Christmas service. The lyrics to the Tupac song “Hail Mary” were not what the church intended for people to sing… I have seen a lot of church bulletins where even cursory proofreading could have prevented embarrassment. [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio

The 2016 Doctor Who Christmas special opens with the Doctor being mistaken for Santa by a boy named Grant. When he introduces himself as the Doctor and Grant asks which one, and he says the original, Grant says that he ought to be called Doctor Mysterio, which the Doctor likes. The Doctor gives Grant a [Read More…]

Christmas Convention

Inherit the Mirth has produced so many fantastic comics. But this one, which I don’t recall ever seeing before, is just so perfect, on so many levels… [Read more…]

Hi!

One of a selection of Christmas comics that came my way via Bored Panda. …Merry Christmas! Or if you prefer something more generic/inclusive: [Read more…]

Truth and Christmas

It can be so hard to find balance when it comes to anything having to do with the Bible. This seems particularly true when it comes to matters related to Christmas. On the one hand, there are those who are determined that the Bible be “right” no matter the cost. I have had someone telling [Read More…]

Remembering the Needs of the Many at Christmas

The intersection of religion and science fiction would be enough to justify sharing the above. But it also raises useful questions about what is meant by “sacrifice” and also “resurrection.” Sacrifice in the sense of animals killed so that their blood can be poured out as an offering to a deity is something unimaginably foreign to [Read More…]

I Ate Rudolph

It has been so nice having Scotty’s Dawghouse on campus. I’m a big fan of their chicken sandwich with bacon and cheese, and so I usually order that when I eat there, with their waffle fries and hot sauces on the side. But sometimes they have a burger of the month, and if it sounds [Read More…]

A Nativity Minus the Migrants and Middle-Easterners

The title that the above was given when I first encountered it was “A nativity scene without Jews, Arabs, Africans or refugees.” The question of where the magi came from is left out – Persia (modern day Iran), perhaps, which may or may not be considered the Middle East, depending on where one chooses to [Read More…]

Carols from the Dark Side

I recently had the chance to hear a performance of David Lovrien’s piece “Minor Alterations 2: Carols from the Darkside.” I enjoyed it immensely, and wanted to share it with you. [Read more…]