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Was Christmas Really a Pagan Holiday?

December 21, 2015

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  It is almost certain that you’ll run into some well meaning fool who likes to smirk at holiday decorations and with an air of popping the balloons of children announce that “Jesus wasn’t really born on Christmas, you know.”  They will often continue with “Christmas is just another pagan festival that Christianity stole.”  Well, […]

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas!

December 6, 2015

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At this time of year in the USA, we are inundated with movies, television specials, cartoons, and images about Santa Claus. Some are quite good, entertaining, and fun, most are just, well, not. Christians when facing the secular culture often find some questions difficult to answer. Santa Claus shouldn’t be one of those difficult questions. […]

The First Thanksgiving

November 26, 2015

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The first thanksgiving--1621, right? Guess again!

How Anglicans Worship – Part 8

September 23, 2015

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Processions Interrupting the order here to answer questions I’d received from earlier in the “How Anglicans Worship” series. Let me begin by observing that there are six general types of processions: Entrance, Gospel, Offertory, Exit, Holy Day, and Special Occasion. Order in processions ought be pretty straightforward. Older manuals used to prescribe slightly different orders […]

Christos Anesti!

April 5, 2015

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The Easter Greeting The traditional way Christians greet one another during the great fifty days of Easter, in various languages.   English: Christ is risen!  The Lord is risen indeed!   German: Christ ist erstanden!  Er ist wirklich erstanden!   Greek: Χριστος Aνεστη! Aληθως Aνεστη! (Christos Anesti! Aleithos Anesti!)   Russian: Христос Воскресе! Воистину Воскресе! […]

All Saints and All Souls and Prayers, Oh My!

October 24, 2014

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We come in November to the winding down of the Christian year, but before we get there we have two great observances.  Unfortunately, there are some Christians who get them confused, so let’s look briefly at the first two days of November. November first is the feast of All Saints’, the day when we remember […]

Christians and Hallowe’en

October 23, 2014

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It’s that time of year again–time for crazies to carp and tell you falsehoods about Christianity.  Have a look at my annual post about Hallowe’en!