A Christmas Cruise – mission to explain.

Jan 20, 2017 by

by Chris Sugden, CEN: Celebrating a Christian Christmas can be difficult in twenty-first century Britain which has developed a warm oasis in the middle of winter into a retailers’ bonanza, office parties, and welcome family get-togethers (though with some strains attached). Civic authorities...

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Is Christmas Good News?

Dec 31, 2016 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: Though it is Advent which has passed, and we are now in the Christmas season proper, because of the front-loading of most Christmas activities, it is now the season when most church leaders are breathing a sigh of relief and finally putting their feet up—assuming they didn’t...

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What are people ‘really’ celebrating at Christmas?

Dec 27, 2016 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: Around this time of year, there comes a recurrent debate about what people are ‘really’ doing when they celebrate Christmas. A while ago, there was a programme on Radio 4 exploring the origins of the tunes of carols. For example, the tune for Good King Wenceslas was...

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Queen’s Speech: ‘Jesus Christ’s Example Shows Me Value Of Small Things With Great Love’

Dec 26, 2016 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today: The Queen has said Jesus Christ’s example helps us to see the value of doing small things with great love. In her annual Christmas address broadcast at 15.00GMT, the Monarch spoke of her own faith and how she takes inspiration from his life and teaching. Her...

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Who were the Magi from the East?

Dec 26, 2016 by

by Scott Lively, Defend the Family: “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star [rising] in the east and have come to worship him.’ . . . and the...

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Music for Christmas Day: O Magnum Mysterium (Lauridsen)

Dec 25, 2016 by

Many composers over the centuries have written settings of this Latin text from the Matins of Christmas, including William Byrd and Palestrina.  This sublime setting is by the contemporary American composer Morten Lauridsen, published in 1994 and sung here by the Nordic Chamber Choir.  The work...

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