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 creamContinue reading “Christmas is really for the children by Steve Turner”
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Who owns December 25th?
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 aboutContinue 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 wereContinue 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 willContinue 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.
Christmas Art – Australian Style
This painting is an interpretation of the Nativity by Australian artist Nathan Simpson. Merry Christmas everyone!
Contextualizing Christianity at Christmas
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 acceptanceContinue reading “Contextualizing Christianity at Christmas”
Christmas after Christendom
In a London school a teenager with no church connections hears the Christmas story for the first time. His teacher tells it well and he is fascinated by this amazing story. Risking his friends’ mockery, after the lesson he thanks her for the story. One thing had disturbed him, so he asks: ‘Why did theyContinue reading “Christmas after Christendom”
Nicholas of Myra
I had an interesting conversation with my son about Saint Nicholas / Santa Claus last week. He’s beginning to realize that something’s up, that the culturally driven Jingle Bells hype doesn’t quite match his emerging map of reality. So he’s asking questions. And as he learns the right questions to ask I’m answering honestly. Well,Continue reading “Nicholas of Myra”
Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, Hallelujah Chorus
This is a video of a Food Court Flash Mob singing the Hallelujah Chorus. Quite well executed!