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O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Posted by thethousandmarch on December 21, 2012 at 8:45 PM

One of my favorite songs is O Come O Come Emmanuel. I learned this year that it is not a Christmas song, it is an Advent song. I also learned that traditionally the Christmas season does not start until December 25th and then lasts twelve days. The days before the 25th are part of Advent which is not just another name for Christmas. During advent we remember the first advent (coming) of Jesus Christ and look forward and p...

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What's the Problem with Santa Claus

Posted by thethousandmarch on December 9, 2012 at 5:20 PM

I’m not particularly distressed about the commercialization, or secularization of Christmas. I’m concerned about a much more insidious problem – the American Santa Claus myth. What makes dealing with this particular problem difficult is that there is so much societal pressure to have our kids believe in Santa Claus. I don’t really want to have to make a stand against Santa Claus. And I don’t wan...

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Jesus' Birth - A Time for Peace

Posted by thethousandmarch on December 24, 2011 at 1:35 PM

. . . [T]here were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is ...

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The Theology of Christmas Carols

Posted by thethousandmarch on December 23, 2011 at 6:05 PM

There are many wonderful hymns which are filled with an incredible depth of revelation. It’s a shame that the church in America these days has for the most part neglected the hymns, because they can educate us while we worship. They engage the intellect as well as the emotions. The Christmas carols are no exception, and fortunately we return to them at least once a year. Last Sunday we were sin...

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Church 2.0, A Response in time for Advent

Posted by thethousandmarch on December 20, 2011 at 1:55 AM

In an article in the Washington Post entitled Christianity 2.0, the church consultant and Episcopal priest Tim Erich answers the question – “What will a fresh Christianity look like in America?” Now, I don’t disag...

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The Advent of Jesus

Posted by thethousandmarch on December 24, 2010 at 11:10 PM

(This is the sermon I gave tonight at our Christmas eve service.)


     This past month during our Sunday night service we have been celebratin...

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What is Advent?

Posted by thethousandmarch on November 29, 2010 at 8:37 PM

     This past Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent. Jessi and I, with our church, are doing our best to observe Advent this year. For the most part this is new for us. One church we attended in Portland, Evergreen Community, did some things for Advent – we had the candle lighting and some prayers – but I guess I wasn't paying much attention. I didn't learn much about what Advent was, other than a preparation for Christmas....

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