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5 Short Takeoffs from “Ow, C’mon, All Ye Faithful”

December 30, 2016

As a follow-up to my previous post, "Ow, C'mon, All Ye Faithful, regarding bad theology in Christmas hymns, here are five takeoffs on the subject.

“Christmas and Easter both have pagan origins.” Really?

December 23, 2016

We hear this evangelical rant every Christmas and Easter. But here are two articles, with short excerpts, debunking these myths.

What Child is This?

December 23, 2016
What Child is This?

The third stanza is a plea to all to receive the Child as Prophet, Priest and King.

Christmas Songs: The Good, the Bad, and the Outright Ugly

November 7, 2013
Christmas Songs: The Good, the Bad, and the Outright Ugly

"Sippin' in the Seattle's Latteland," "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer," and "Away in a Manger"

Born to Give Light to Those Who Sit in Darkness

December 18, 2012
Born to Give Light to Those Who Sit in Darkness

Jesus is our Light when we live as children of Light through God's Word, and become light and salt for the world to see.

Mourning and Weeping for Our Children

December 16, 2012
Mourning and Weeping for Our Children

From out of the Pharaoh's wicked scheme to destroy all Hebrew babies came Moses, the redeemer of Israel. Out of the remnant from Babylon, God brought Joseph and Mary to be the earthly parents of the Messiah. Out of Herod's wicked plan came the baby Savior, the event Matthew described as, "out of Egypt I called my son."

“Angels near the earth with golden harps” and other old but strange songs

December 17, 2010
“Angels near the earth with golden harps” and other old but strange songs

New and improved versus old, obsolete and traditional. Our culture idolizes whatever is new. A couple of years after buying a car, a computer, or an iPhone, we regret having bought them then and not today. Sometimes we don’t even know that what we bought was already obsolete before it even left the checkout counter. […]

“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

December 23, 2009
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

Rev. J. V. Fesko, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Seminary Cal, wrote an analysis of one of my favorite Christmas hymns, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” In his article, he traces the Biblical and historical bases of the hymn.

The Origins of the Christ-Child

December 18, 2009
The Origins of the Christ-Child

Beneath Matthew’s genealogy is the story of God’s salvation plan through Abraham, David, and Christ. Notice that the record includes not only Jews, but also a few Gentiles, all of them women who had tarnished reputations. But as Paul says, all those who are Christ’s are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise (Gal 3:29).

A Psalm of Lament for Christmas

December 7, 2009
A Psalm of Lament for Christmas

This is why we celebrate Christmas. This is why we have joy at Christmas. This is why we could say with David, “My heart shall rejoice in your salvation!” This is why the angels in heaven rejoiced at the birth of Christ, because his birth was “good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”

Daniel the Lion King

July 18, 2009

At least that was the recollection of one of the respondents in a survey of 900 Britons published by St. John's College, Durham University under the auspices of the National Biblical Literacy Survey.

Christless Christianity News Bytes

November 15, 2008

In his new book "Christless Christianity," Dr. Michael Horton says, "Jesus has been dressed up as a corporate CEO, life coach, culture-warrior, political revolutionary, philosopher, copilot, cosufferer, moral example, and partner in fulfilling our personal and social dreams," but rarely as the crucified and resurrected Redeemer of a powerless people dead in sin.

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