Category Archives: Christ and Church

Outstanding books of 2009

Every year, starting about five years ago, I compile a list of books I read.  I include both new books and re-reading, novels, collections of short stories, graphic novels, collections of poetry, and what you might call meditation books, things … Continue reading

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Bishop Alan’s thoughts on this feast day

Blind Rage Slays Children.  The bishop points out that killing off large numbers of children has been tyranny’s modus operandi for most of human history, and that contemporary Christians are not necessarily doing any better. Thanks to Tree_and_Leaf for introducing … Continue reading

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Holy innocents, unholy rage

We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents of Bethlehem by King Herod. Receive, we pray, into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims; and by your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and … Continue reading

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In the bleak midwinter

It actually looks like winter hereabouts, for a change–a rare and heavy December snowfall from last weekend still covers much of the city, and temperatures have been just above freezing all week. Right now I’m engaging in the first of … Continue reading

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Not a stable, but a cave

… In the Orthodox tradition, as spelled out in a beautiful hymn sung on Christmas Day, the incarnation of Jesus is only possible because every aspect of creation offers something to make it happen. The heavens offer a star; the … Continue reading

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Drops of dew and flakes of snow

A little while ago I read Morning Prayer at my desk by the window, looking out into the bare branches of the Bradford pear tree and the snow falling on snow.  It looked like Narnia as Lucy found it, and … Continue reading

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Fanfiction for the New Testament

One of my not so secret vices is that I read and write fanfiction–stories inspired by existing media, such as books, films, or (most often) television shows, and shared among friends or online for pleasure, not for profit.  (What fandoms … Continue reading

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