Monthly Archives: December 2011

“Cynics, thieves, soldiers”, Servant, and Herald

As I mentioned in my earlier post on this MacLeod quote, one of our final exam questions was to write a commentary on this quote from the perspective of one of the theologians we studied this semester. I chose to … Continue reading

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A Very High Christology Nativity

I came across Katrina Fernandez’ column panning this piece of art, titled Haute Sphere, installed at the Cathedral in Los Angeles this month. She identifies it as a Nativity scene, and concludes it is profoundly inadequate. I clicked through to … Continue reading

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Hodie Christus Natus Est

Hodie Christus natus est; Hodie salvator apparuit. Hodie in terra canunt angeli, laetantur archangeli, Hodie exultant justi, dicentes Gloria in excelsis Deo, Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia! Today Christ is born; Today salvation appears. Today on earth angels sing, archangels rejoice, Today … Continue reading

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It’s Not All About the Baby

Debra Dean Murphy’s post It’s Not About the Baby reminded me that I, too, wanted to write on this theme, and I wish I could pass it along to everyone preparing a Christmas sermon or service. For one thing, there’s … Continue reading

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Happy Hanukkah

to Jewish folks everywhere – may your celebrations be filled with light and joy. The books of Maccabees are not in the Tanakh (the Jewish bible), but two of them are in the Catholic bible. (I believe all four of … Continue reading

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Top Ten Peacemakers in the Science-Religion Wars

As a scientist by training and theologian in training, I thought I’d give a shout-out to Religion Dispatches’ list of the Top Ten Peacemakers in the Science-Religion Wars.

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On “Happy Holidays” and keeping Christ in Christmas

At this time of year I proudly wear a button that says There is no War on Christmas but Peace on Earth and Good Will are taking quite a beating! I began wishing people Happy Holidays out of respect, first … Continue reading

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The Coming of our God

Our first reading this weekend is an abridged version of chapter 7 of 2nd Samuel. I love how it starts: When King David was settled in his palace, and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every … Continue reading

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“Where cynics talk smut, thieves curse, and soldiers gamble”

I simply argue that the cross be raised again at the centre of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, … Continue reading

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Gaudete Sunday

Happy Gaudete Sunday! It’s the third Sunday of Advent: we light the pink candle on the Advent wreath, we dress our altar and our priest in pink, and we rejoice! which is what Gaudete means. When I was a kid, … Continue reading

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