Monthly Archives: December 2011

How a False God Gave Us Christmas

The census was a Roman taxation tool.  Every able-bodied male and female between the ages of 14 and 62 throughout the empire was required to register in order to be counted in the head-tax.  Perhaps Mary just made the cut … Continue reading

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West Islip Church of Christ Christmas Eve Devotional

Dear Friends, Christmas Eve is a special time—it is time that is “already…but not yet.”  We live our lives during the eve of God’s coming.  The kingdom of God is so near—yet not fully here.  Never-the-less we participate in the … Continue reading

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Weekly Lectionary Commentary (Christmas Day)

Isaiah 62:6-12 Jerusalem was forsaken.  At least that was the opinion of those hauled away into Babylonian captivity who watched Jerusalem’s walls topple and who saw the rising plume of smoke as her buildings went up in flames.  Having returned, … Continue reading

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Painting Mary

How would you paint Mary?  If you can do it well I applaud you.  It is hard to find good Mary art, and especially hard to find good art depicting the biblical scene of the annunciation?  The resumes are impressive–Raphael, … Continue reading

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Weekly Lectionary Commentary Advent 4b

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 In the early part of 2nd Samuel David became the undisputed king of the united nation of Israel and brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, the new capital.  Things were going well.  So well, … Continue reading

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Come, Lord Jesus, I’m Stuck in a Culvert

“The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to … Continue reading

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Weekly Lectionary Commentary (Advent 3b)

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 When the Jewish Exiles returned home from their years in Babylonian captivity there was great excitement and expectation amongst the people.  Their time of darkness was over.  God was no longer angry.  They would once again be … Continue reading

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