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We just finished watching Home Alone, a Christmas tradition. If you haven’t seen it in a while, please allow me to refresh your memory. Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin, is a pint-sized troublemaker, the youngest of five children in a house teeming with relatives all preparing to leave the country...
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    About the author: Lindsey has a BA in Sociology from Cedarville University and a MA in Education (math) from the University of Colorado.  After having taught 5th grade for four years, she currently stays at home and spends her days wrangling three toddlers while anxiously waiting for the sound of...
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    Christmas Eve Beyond Christmas

    I think it has somewhat become a habit if not a tradition for me around this time of year to check on the Internet to make sure I remember correctly that ‘the Twelve Days of Christmas’ refer to the 12 days starting from the actual Christmas day until Epiphany —...
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    The Word Became Baby

    “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” (Luke 2:6-7 NIV) “The Word became flesh...
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    Timely Truth

    The seminary where I spent a formative two years had a big, customizable sign out in front, the kind you see outside of a lot of churches. These signs are usually changed periodically, usually to announce a sermon topic or share a groan-worthy humorous aphorism. Our sign never changed;...
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       For many in Newton, Connecticut, the idea of celebrating Christmas ideals of cheer,  joy, and peace seem  inhumane this December 25th. Smiling and happiness in the face of massacre, pain, and mourning… doesn’t seem right. In fact, celebrating amidst such darkness almost brings on a feeling of shame....
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    “Pooh-pooh to the Whos!” he was grinch-ish-ly humming.   “They’re finding out now that no Christmas is coming!   “They’re just waking up! I know just what they’ll do!   “Their mouths will hang open a minute or two   “Then all the Whos down in Who-ville will all...
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    Jesus and His Father

    Anyone who’s come over for dinner has seen my collection of Peruvian oil paintings of the Virgin Mary. Several years ago, a spending spree and newfound obsession with Catholic art (despite being a Reformed Baptist) landed me with a few too many Marys: three hanging in the hallway and...
  • No Room In the Inn?

    Everyone knows how the Christmas story goes.  As Stanley Hudson vehemently asserted in the most recent episode of The Office (8.10 Christmas Wishes) regarding the sensitivity to celebrate everything but Christmas during the Holidays: I want Christmas! Just give me plain-baby-Jesus-lying-in-a-manger Christmas! When our culture boils down the Christmas...

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