May you be blessed With the spirit of the season, which is peace, The gladness of the season, which is hope, And the heart of the season, which is love.
Fear not! For behold, I bring you good fake news.
I found this chinese nativity scene quite curious - Jesus petting the easter bunny?
The cast of Christmas reassembles for Easter Take the wise men to the Emperor’s palace. Wash their hands in water. Get them to say something about truth. Does anyone know any good Jewish jokes? The one about a carpenter who thought he was a King? The one about the Saviour who couldn’t save himself? The … Continue reading The cast of Christmas reassembles for Easter by Steve Turner
Christmas is really for the children Christmas is really for the children. Especially for children who like animals, stables, stars and babies wrapped in swaddling clothes. Then there are wise men, kings in fine robes, humble shepherds and a hint of rich perfume. Easter is not really for the children unless accompanied by a cream … Continue reading Christmas is really for the children by Steve Turner
I find myself bemused by the customary Pagan-Christian chatter over Solstice versus Christmas. "We were here first!", say the Pagan's. We had the last laugh!", say some Christians. "You're both Pagans!", say other Christians. Oh, my! I need a Panadol. I have to admit, I always find it incredibly ironic to witness Wiccans complaining about … Continue reading Who owns December 25th?
Last Sunday, as I was preparing myself for a prayer spot in the service, the introduction to the Gospel of John bubbled up into my awareness: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were … Continue reading Re-Gifting Jesus
"This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world." (1 John 4:3) Not every Christ we see at Christmas is Jesus of Nazareth. Not every Christ would slum it like Jesus did, or hang out with the people Jesus did. Which Christ will … Continue reading Fake Gifts
I just thought I'd share this photo from a Christmas party with the extended family last weekend. They were a bit short on mangers and reindeers obviously. I'm not sure who co-opted the Enlightened One for decorative purposes but in any case the Buddha seemed oblivious to the festivities. I think he needs a caption.
This painting is an interpretation of the Nativity by Australian artist Nathan Simpson. Merry Christmas everyone!
Commenting on pro vs anti Christmas debates amongst Christians, Christopher Van Huss observed: "Christmas, or the celebration of it, has become a part of our culture, good or bad. The key I believe is to accept its presence and use it as an opportunity to contextualise the gospel message." In other word, between simple acceptance … Continue reading Contextualizing Christianity at Christmas