Christmas Readings

I posted a few Christmas- and winter- themed items, and sure enough one’s a hit. Which one?

It’s the google result for “christmas hentai. I’d be fine with choclate covered Chinese girls, because, hey, Christianity is delightful. I’d be fine with Korean cellphone girls, because I’d like one for Christmas. But a link to a politically charged George W. Bush hentai as a top google result on Christmas Day? This is the state of our zeitgeist? It makes my faith waiver…

Fortunately, British Foreign Minister Jack Straw reminds me today is Christmas day.


To move our thoughts to Heaven, if not to the Chingay Martyrs District, Edgwise gives his two favorite passages of Scripture

John 1:14; 3:16-17

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Numbers 6:24-26

The LORD bless you and keep you;

the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;

the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” ‘

Mine is Galatians 5:14

The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself

What’s yours?

8 thoughts on “Christmas Readings”

  1. Well, Dan, these aren't actually my “favorite” passages; they're only my favorite passages with regard to *Christmas*. I don't really think I have any “favorite” Biblical passages per se.

    Hmm… Today's the Feast of St. Stephen (for those Christians who happen to be Catholic [like me]), which commemorates the events in Acts 7:54-60 http://tinyurl.com/9zu4x

    Did thijnk that your 7/10/05 post– http://tinyurl.com/bzfpo –made for something to reflect about on this day–even if IMHO it's doubtful that's what the early Christians had in mind….

  2. Aaron,

    A much better proverb is 31:6

    “Give beer to those who are perishing,
    wine to those who are in anguish; “

    ;-)

    Have you seen The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit? [2] The story seemed very Vonnegutian

    Jeremiah,

    “wilt” seems to have no meaning. It's a single-person present tense form of “will,” which would chucking Decision from the OODA loop [3] and getting by through fingertip-feeling [4]. But as Decision-making is just Association [5], you're cutting yourself off from high-level thought generally. Seems foolish.

    Jayson,

    It's interesting how watch-makers see God as the Great Watchmaker, Lawyers as a Law-Giver, Shepherds as a Shepherd (or a Lamb!), and Kings as the King of Kings. Perhaps grand strategist see in Him a Grand Strategist? :-)

    I'd love to read any comments by you on sex roles in early Christianity [6]

    [1] http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%2031%20:6-7;&version=31;
    [2] http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2005/12/20/the-fountainhead-by-kurt-vonnegut.html
    [3] http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2005/07/20/ooda-loop-as-flowchart-try-2.html
    [4] http://zenpundit.blogspot.com/2005/07/cognition-of-fingerspitzengefuhl-in.html
    [5] http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2005/12/02/soar-automating-human-thought-with-contradiction-and-analogy.html
    [6] http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2005/07/14/every-man-a-panzer-every-woman-a-soldat.html

  3. Got Vonnegut's “A Man Without a Country” for Xmas. Easy read, entertaining.

    Proverbs 23:13-14
    Do not withhold discipline from a child. If you beat him with a rod, he will not die. If you beat him with the rod, you will save his life from Sheol.

  4. Whoah!… This stuff's pretty, er, um, “heavy”[??]
    I'll need a little time (or more?) to *fully* digest all this…

    Interesting stuff, though. Thanks…

  5. I am currently organising a Carol Service for this year (2008) and have just read your blog on Christmas Readings 2005. Thought it would be appropriate to use some of the thoughts in it, if you don’t mind? I am hoping that this Carol Service will be somewhat different and more liberal in its thinking that the more traditional ones since it is going to be held in one of the local bars!

    Thank you.

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