St. Nicholas and a Season for Sledgehammers

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I'm considering a war on Christmas.  Not because I don't enjoy Christmas trees and gifts and the time spent with family, not because I'm against a religious holiday playing large on a national scale.  I'm increasingly against Christmas because I love it--this is a sort of kill it to save it strategy. In a recent survey 45% of Americans said they would rather skip Christmas.  Why?  Because of the financial and personal stress.  Being overwhelmed with shopping and economies of obligation … [Read more...]

Banksy, Jesus, and Emergency Preparedness: The First Sunday in Advent

Over at the Ekklesia Project's blog I have a new post reflecting on the gospel reading for this first Sunday in Advent.  Below is the start with the full text after the jump. Preparing for Disaster First Sunday of Advent, Year C (RCL) 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Luke 21:25-36 We’ve become all too familiar with disasters and the whole genre of reporting them (is there a disaster TV cable channel yet?).  The reporter, looking like some alien that dropped from the sky, surrounded by a … [Read more...]


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