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 is no w … [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 DisasterFirst Sunday of Advent, Year C (RCL) 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Luke 21:25-36We’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 lan … [Read more...]


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