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6  Common Misconceptions About Christmas

6 Common Misconceptions About Christmas

The Gospels of Matthew and Luke have stories of the infancy of Jesus which function as different overtures to way each of them present the stories they will go on to paint. In our Christmas cards, crib scenes, children’s books, and nativity plays we tend to conflate these two overtures, thereby losing some of the… Continue Reading

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Fear Not

Fear Not

My Christmas Message Blessings to you and yours for the Christmas Season and for the Year of Our Lord 2017. Thank you for being part of this virtual community. Linus Drops His Security Blanket Here is a short video clip from A Charlie Brown Christmas! NB: at 0:35 seconds, Linus says: “Fear not!” At that… Continue Reading

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The Still Point in a Turning World

The Still Point in a Turning World

A friend put the image of the Peterborough crucifix on his facebook page with the words, “Peterborough Cathedral: The Cross stands as the world turns.” Those words translate what is on the bottom of this crucifix by Frank Roper (1974). What intrigued me was that Peterborough was a Benedictine monastery – this is the motto… Continue Reading

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Christmas Resources

Christmas Resources

Let us pray (in silence) [that through celebrating the Incarnation we will deepen our relationship with Christ] pause God, year by year you make us glad with the hope of our redemption, grant that we who joyfully receive your only begotten Son as our Redeemer may with sure confidence behold him when he comes as… Continue Reading

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Online Mission and Ministry

Online Mission and Ministry

My e-friend, Fr Scott Gunn, recently reflected on there being no talking “about websites at the Evangelism Matters conference”. He was struggling to find service times at a nearby church. [All the discussion that follows there is worth a read – and joining in, of course]. Anyone who has been in the community around this… Continue Reading

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Brilliant Advent Calendar

Brilliant Advent Calendar

I recently bought an Advent Calendar with a difference. It looks like the image below. Each day of December, you take out a new piece and slot it into its numbered place on the oval base. 1 December: a palm tree 2 December: another palm tree 3 December: a donkey … 17 December: an Angel… Continue Reading

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Stop Trying To Make Church Cool

Stop Trying To Make Church Cool

A friend sent me Rachel Held Evans’ opinion piece, Want millennials back in the pews? Stop trying to make church ‘cool.’ Rachel is a well-known author (Searching for Sunday, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, Faith Unraveled). She provides pretty standard statistics of decline:”…no religious affiliation at all,…significantly more disconnected from faith…” I hadn’t heard of… Continue Reading

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