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December 2019
Reviews > Book

Come and Behold Him: Christmas Through Different Eyes

I found this little book both refreshing and stimulating. In such a short compass, we see the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ through the eyes of fourteen characters in the Bible. These are helpfully grouped in time sequence, beginning with Old Testament prophecies in Micah, Isaiah, Job and Malachi, and continuing with the…

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December 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Truth, lies and Santa Claus: What shall we tell our children about Father Christmas?

It’s not a problem now. Our children are that bit older. But for years we had to threaten them with dire penalties as Christmas approached. They mustn’t say it. They mustn’t even hint at it. Whatever anyone said to them, they mustn’t let it slip. They don’t believe in Santa. I well remember the…

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December 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Christmas jumpers

What would Christmas be without Christmas trees, Christmas dinner, Christmas carols, Christmas cards or, more recently, the Christmas jumper? Christmas gives us the opportunity to wear clothes we would never normally be seen dead in. What other time of the year would we wear to work an elf’s outfit or a jumper which lights…

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December 2019
Articles > Evangelistic

Star of wonder

The Gospel of Matthew records how wise men came from the east to the land of Israel to search after the King of the Jews. The wise men were led to Jerusalem and then Bethlehem by a bright star in the sky. We don’t know exactly how far east the men had come from,…

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December 2019
Articles > Evangelistic

Joy to the world

The birth of Jesus Christ is the greatest reason for joy in the history of the world. Today people all over the world are seeking true and lasting joy. It was the same in the first century. The night Jesus was born, an angel appeared to some hill shepherds and announced, ‘I bring you…

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December 2019
Articles > General

Prepared for Christmas? But how ready is your heart?

Some people are smug about being prepared early for the biggest public holiday in the year: Christmas time. There are people who, at the time of writing (early October), have already made their puddings, prepared their fruit for the cake, bought their presents, made their lists and started the wrapping. I know: I am…

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December 2019
Articles > Evangelistic

A lonely Christmas and a miserable New Year?

‘I hate Christmas’ John responded. I felt guilty. I had been making small talk with him before I departed to see my next patient (I see patients in their own homes). I should have remembered that he had no family, at least none in regular contact. I might have noticed that not only did…

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