On the First Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: A Series for the Holidays – Christian Article

We made it. It’s December 25, Christmas Day. For many of us, Christmas Day is the culmination of weeks of thinking and preparing and celebrating. Most of us feel the weight and pressure of all this merrymaking, even in the best of personal situations and scenarios. And for those of us with less-than ideal personal situations and scenarios, the merrymaking can be more like crazymaking. Adding to this emotional cocktail is all the societal unrest. We cannot escape the ache…

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CAPC’s Most-Read Articles of 2018 – Christian Article

Reviewing our most-read articles each year gives us a snapshot of the cultural highs and lows from the past 365 days. Our content covers a wide array of topics—film, television, literature, media, internet, politics, music, tech, sports, celebrity culture, and more. The most-read article list is a check of our readership’s pulse, so to speak. And the articles that got our readers’ hearts beating in 2018? There are several covering the #metoo and #ChurchToo movement; a few on key cultural…

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On the Eighth Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Eight Worlds of Wonder – Christian Article

For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope. Twenty-eighteen was a year filled with both beauty and brokenness. I look back and see moments of…

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Lessons & Carols | Skillful Shepherds – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Every year, our church has a special Sunday service in December called “Lessons and Carols.” Ever wondered why we have this in our church calendar or what is the meaning behind the service? In 1880, Edward Benson, at that time Bishop of Truro in Cornwall but later Archbishop of Canterbury, created, formalised and performed the service of carols with Nine Lessons. The service took place at 10pm on Christmas Eve in a large wooden…

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Great Bible Verses For Christmas Eve And Christmas Day – Christian Article

Tweet Christmas time is one of the most wonderful times of the year, so here some Christmas Bible verses you can read for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Notice that this is all about…

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Immanuel (God with us) | Skillful Shepherds – Christian Article

The mystery of the incarnation of Jesus Christ the Son of God still continues to bring wonder and awe to those presented with the facts of the gospel message – for God so loved the world that He gave His only Son to dwell among mankind in order to save us from our sins by dying on the cross (Jn. 3:16). Yet what does it really mean for God to be in our midst? Well, for one, it would not…

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Christmas videos 2018 – great videos for your Christmas church services – Christian Article

Tweet Share19 19 Shares Each year at Christmas and Easter I scour the internet for the best videos to show at Christmas and Easter services. As I explained last year, Christmas videos are becoming harder to source (much harder than Easter-themed videos). That said, here’s the latest compilation of Christmas videos for 2018 – hopefully with a new video from the team at Speak Life to come. You can explore videos shared in previous years here, here and here.  The Hero…

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Six Hints that Baby Jesus Stories were Late Additions to Early Christian Lore ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

12/21/2018 | Share this article: By Valerie Tarico ~ The wonder-filled birth story of the baby Jesus was centuries in the making. Picture a creche with baby Jesus in a manger and shepherds and angels and three kings and a star over the stable roof. We think of this traditional scene as representing the Christmas story, but it actually mixes elements from two different nativity stories in the Bible, one in Matthew and one in Luke, with a few embellishments…

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What the Nativity Story Would Sound Like with Free and Full Female Consent ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

12/21/2018 | Share this article: By Valerie Tarico ~ In the gospel stories, Mary the mother of Jesus is a humble, devout young woman of her time–which means she has little choice in the matter. Set aside for a moment any debate about whether the Nativity stories in the Bible are history or mythology or some combination of the two. In either version, Matthew’s or Luke’s, does Mary consent to be the mother of Jesus? During recent holiday seasons, this…

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