Category Archives: Christmas

The M-Word

Prepare to be scandalized, fellow Liturgicals: My church follows the Revised Common Lectionary, but we don’t normally read the Psalm – just the Gospel and either the Old or New Testament reading designated for that week. In my opinion, two … Continue reading

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The Lord Is Come

Have you ever noticed how Christmas song lyricists seem to play by their own rules? That’s always bugged me. Like most kids, I used to love Jingle Bells, but what the heck is a bobtail? And in the second verse … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Mommy

Yesterday, we took a look at the stories of four of Jesus’ Grannies included in the Genealogy of Christ recorded in Matthew 1:1-17. But no discussion of Jesus’ female ancestors would be complete without at least a passing look at the last … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Grannies

In the Jesus’ Granddads series last week, I pointed out the startling reality that the Gospels of Matthew and Luke each include a genealogical record for Jesus Christ, and that they don’t agree. But I neglected to tell you which one is my favorite. … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Granddads, Part 2

Yesterday, we looked at the startling fact that the genealogies of Jesus that are recorded in Matthew 1 and Luke 3 are completely different – and explored a couple of theories put forward by biblical scholars to explain the discrepancy. Both theories feel a … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Granddads, Part 1

The first 17 verses of the New Testament are not the most compelling read in the Bible, but they’re pretty iconic, and entirely relevant at Christmastime. And if you look at them from the right angle, they’re actually kinda beautiful. … Continue reading

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The I-Word

‘All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”)’. – Matthew 1:22-23 Umm, Matthew, don’t you … Continue reading

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