Category Archives: Christmas

Does light overcome darkness?

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” What does faith – especially Christian faith – mean? It’s something I’ve been pondering for a while now, particularly as so many aspects of Christian theology and … Continue reading

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Peace on earth?

Well, I meant to post this at Christmas, but Christmas got in the way. “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, … Continue reading

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Christmas miracles?

It’s a funny old time of year, Christmas – the season of peace and goodwill which is as stressful as divorce; celebrating the birth of hope with an all-out frenzy of shopping and consuming. It’s a funny old part of … Continue reading

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Christmas round-up

Well, here it is, Merry Christmas… the annual season of shopping madness, mass consumer frenzy and over-indulgence, family re-unions and soaring divorce rates, TV re-runs and daft specials, terrified turkeys and terrible jokes, oh, and some kid in a manger. … Continue reading

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The Incarnation: Why did God become human? (part II)

“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” John’s gospel “What if God was one of us, just a slob like one of us?” Joan Osborne Last time I looked at some of the reasons why God may have chosen … Continue reading

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The Incarnation: why did God become human? (part I)

For me there are only two absolutely crucial miracles in Christianity, and they’re interlinked – the Incarnation and the Resurrection of Christ. In the first, God enters space-time and history and takes on our human nature, ‘humanising’ the deity. In … Continue reading

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Is Jesus the Son of God?

And if so, what does that really mean? As we approach advent and the annual celebrations of Jesus’ birth, I think these are questions worth thinking about. I remember a moment in my earlier days as an evangelical Christian when … Continue reading

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The nightmare after Christmas – the dark side of the Nativity

One of the things I do for work is to schedule ‘on this day in history’ tweets vaguely relating to our broad subject area. We’ve currently got an exhibition on about the artist J.M.W. Turner, and so I’ve been researching … Continue reading

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Incarnation and imagination – and a defence of Christmas carols

In my friend’s church, they apparently won’t sing any carols that mention snow or three kings or other non-biblical additions to the Nativity story. All their Christmas songs have to be scripturally and historically accurate. Now I see this as … Continue reading

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