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Two Nativities, One Lord

by Richard on December 19, 2013

I love nativity plays, but I worry about the way that some (most?) Christians treat the stories, as though if anyone asks if the events were not exactly as they’re portrayed in the school play that somehow the integrity and truth of the Bible is being questioned. “Biblical criticism” is used as a dirty phrase, [...]

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In defence of a materialistic Christmas (reblogged)

by Richard on December 10, 2012

At this time of year it is common to hear the complaint, “The trouble with Christmas is, it’s too materialistic these days.” Christians up and down the land go even further, “It’s all very well celebrating, but what about the spiritual spects of Christmas?” And there is no shortage of evidence for the truth of [...]

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Hey, Jesus! (A sketch for Christmas, reblogged)

by Richard on December 5, 2012

Peter: Hey Jesus!
Jesus: Yes Peter?
P: What starsign are you?
J: Starsign? Oh right — I’m a Capricorn.I didn’t know you believed all that nonsense..
P: I don’t. It’s just a bit of fun.Let’s see what it says for you. Here we are. Capricorn. “You know that you have difficult decisions to face.The right thing will not be [...]

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Gabriel’s visit

by Richard on November 29, 2012

Applecart’s entry in the ITN competition Nativity Factor

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Bentley in Cwmbran

by Richard on December 5, 2011

Beware the tattooed preacher says the Daily Express, reporting on Todd Bentley’s meetings in South Wales.
Tory MP David Davies, whose Monmouth constituency covers part of Cwmbran, said: “I go to church and respect Christian beliefs, but I am concerned that some of the claims made by Mr Bentley are far fetched and should be treated [...]

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Cancelling Christmas?

by Richard on November 30, 2011

Allan Bevere reports a survey of Protestant pastors in the USA. Apparently, 91% are intending to hold a service on Christmas Day, which falls on a Sunday this year of course. He asks, “Is it acceptable for churches to cancel worship on Christmas Day? If so, why? If not, why not?”
Frankly, I’m staggered (but [...]

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Twelfth Night?

by Richard on January 5, 2011

5th or 6th of January? maggi dawn (almost) clears up the confusion.

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A Nativity Kim wouldn’t boycott

by Richard on January 5, 2011

Shamelessly stolen from my friend Will at http://ramblingsfromredrose.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/a-new-nativity-play/
Posted via email from Richard Hall’s perfectly pointless blog

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on December 26, 2010

Away with our fears!
The Godhead appears
In Christ reconciled,
The Father of Mercies in Jesus the Child.
He comes from above,
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The true wonder of Christmas

by Richard on December 19, 2010

Over at Faith and Theology, Kim offers a PowerlessPoint Presentation

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Christmas expectations

by Richard on December 17, 2010

Expectations are hard things to live with. In a culture increasingly driven by “targets”, the expectations we have of ourselves and others can be a source of great hurt and confusion. This is especially true when our expectations do not match those of others. And it has to be said that there are many times [...]

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Lying about Santa?

by Richard on December 16, 2010

Many Christians are apt to be just a little bit churlish when it comes to Christmas. I sometimes get a sense that Christians are resentful that “our” festival has been stolen, taken over by revellers who are happy to sing carols and watch a school nativity play but will give little or no thought to [...]

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A Digital Nativity

by Richard on December 16, 2010

Silly, but quite fun. With thanks to Postmodernbible

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Folk song of the day: While Shepherds Watched

by Richard on December 7, 2010

While Shepherds Watch (Sweet Chiming Bells).
I know - it’s too early to be playing Christmas carols. But if you’re preparing a Christmas service, and looking for an alternative to the rather turgid Winchester Old, this tune would fit the bill nicely. It’s easy to pick up and sing, and the addition of the ‘chiming bells’ [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on December 27, 2009

O astonishing grace,
That the reprobate race
Should be so reconciled!
What a wonder of wonders that God is a child!
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Hymn of the day

by Richard on December 26, 2009

Another of Wesley’s nativity hymns.
Ye simple men of heart sincere,
Shepherds who watch your flocks by night,
Start not to see an angel near,
Nor tremble at [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on December 25, 2009

From Charles Wesley’s Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord. Merry Christmas!
Away with our fears!
The Godhead appears
In Christ reconciled,
The Father of Mercies in [...]

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Hey Jesus: a Christmas sketch

by Richard on December 23, 2009

Peter: Hey Jesus!
Jesus: Yes Peter?
P: What starsign are you?
J: Starsign? Oh right — I’m a Capricorn.I didn’t know you believed all that nonsense..
P: I don’t. It’s just a bit of fun.Let’s see what it says for you. Here we are. Capricorn. “You know that you have difficult decisions to face.The right thing will not be [...]

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A snatched moment…

by Richard on December 21, 2009

Snatched, because the Christmas cards aren’t finished. I shouldn’t be blogging at a time like this.
I couldn’t not comment on the successful campaign to get Rage Against the Machine to the Christmas No 1 spot, though. This is being heralded as a success for “people against” the previously unstoppable media machine of Simon Cowell’s X [...]

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Carol singers

by Richard on December 18, 2009

Here’s a bit of pre-Christmas silliness. If you’re feeling in need of a visit from carol singers, here are a couple of game souls who’ll have a go at a carol of your choice. Enjoy.

www.sundog.net/carolofthechins/flash/card.swf

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