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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 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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TEL-approved Christmas music ;)

Okay, this may be a little off-topic for the blog. But sometimes music can be the purest theology, or something. Last time I said there was plenty of good Christmas music if you know where to look. Fortunately, these days … Continue reading

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The horrors and joys of Christmas music

Hooray! It’s time for my annual Christmas rant. This year it’s Christmas music in the firing line. I love and I hate Christmas music. I love carols (well, most of them), and a small selection of other seasonal pieces (mainly … Continue reading

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Questioning Christmas: The Star of Bethlehem

Star of wonder, star of night… It’s a seasonal staple of carols, Christmas cards and nativity plays but what was the Star of Bethlehem? Astronomical fact or pious fiction, theological symbolism or astrological sign, or simply an inexplicable supernatural event? Matthew’s star … Continue reading

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Questioning Christmas – was Jesus really born of a virgin?

In the last ‘Questioning Christmas’ post I was looking at the differences between Matthew’s and Luke’s birth narratives. This time I’d like to look at one of the main miraculous elements of the story, which is also one of the … Continue reading

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Questioning Christmas – the gospel accounts

The annual festive season is well and truly upon us, so it’s probably a reasonable time to ask ourselves what we’re really celebrating and why. As we dust off the crib and the figurines of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas and bah humbug

And now at last it’s time for my yearly Christmas rant. (It’s actually a barely-disguised rehash of last year’s spleen-vent from my previous blog Colourless Green Dreams, but hey, this is Christmas so it’s the perfect time for annoying re-runs.) … Continue reading

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