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Hymn of the day

by Richard on December 28, 2014

Stupendous height of heavenly love,
Of pitying tenderness divine!
It brought the Saviour from above,
It caused the springing day to shine;
The Sun of righteousness to appear,
And gild our gloomy hemisphere.
God did in Christ himself reveal,
To chase our darkness by his light,
Our sin and ignorance dispel,
Direct our wandering feet aright,
And bring our souls, with pardon blest,
To realms of [...]

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The purpose of the Nativity stories

by Richard on December 23, 2014

As I’ve said before, I love school 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” [...]

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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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Christmas with Charles Wesley

by Richard on December 25, 2012

GLORY be to God on high,
And peace on earth descend!
God comes down, and bows the sky,
And shows himself our friend!
God the invisible appears;
God, the blest, the great I AM,
Sojourns in this vale of tears,
And Jesus is his name.
Him the angels all adored,
Their Maker and their King.
Tidings of their humbled Lord
They now to mortals bring.
Emptied of [...]

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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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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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A Digital Nativity

by Richard on December 16, 2010

Silly, but quite fun. With thanks to Postmodernbible

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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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Christmas advertising

by Richard on December 17, 2009

via The Guardian
A New Zealand church has sparked outrage by erecting a billboard depicting Mary and Joseph lying semi-nude beneath the sheets.
In an unorthodox take on the Christmas tale, the billboard depicts a forlorn Joseph and Mary looking to the sky with a caption which reads: “Poor Joseph. God is a hard act to follow.”
The [...]

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Christmas is coming

by Richard on October 20, 2009

Maggi Dawn has the distinction (I think) of having the first Christmas-related post in my feedreader this year. She reports the announcement of the Christmas advertising campaign from ChurchAds.net
Research done this year reveals that 85 per cent of people agree with the statement that “Christmas should be called Christmas because we are still a Christian [...]

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