Update


So on Saturday I had to have emergency surgery because my hernia had pinched off a section of my intestines. The pain was miserable.

I was rushed into surgery an they corrected what was wrong. And the pain was miserable. But I was able to get home for Christmas and the joy of being with my family was incredible.

So I am healing at home and when I get a chance to I will be updating the blog

Until then I hope and pray you had a wonderful time celebrating the incarnation of Christ. And that you are healthy and happy. Please keep me in your prayers.

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Earworm Wednesday: Wexford Carol ~Celtic Woman


Here is a little known carol that has really great lyrics (featured below). Performed by Méav Ní Mhaolchatha of Celtic Woman

The Wexford Carol”

Good people all, this Christmas-time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done,
In sending His beloved Son.
With Mary holy we should pray
To God with love this Christmas Day:
In Bethlehem upon that morn
There was a blessed Messiah born.

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep;
To whom God’s angels did appear,
Which put the shepherds in great fear.
“Arise and go,” the angels said,
“To Bethlehem, be not afraid;
For there you’ll find this happy morn
A princely Babe, sweet Jesus born.”

With thankful heart and joyful mind,
The shepherds went the Babe to find,
And as God’s angel had foretold,
They did our Saviour Christ behold.
Within a manger He was laid,
And by his side the Virgin Maid,
As long foretold, upon that morn
there was a blessed Messiah born

Earworm Wednesday: Good King Wenceslas Metal Version


So I have been doing polls on Twitter to see which of the older Christmas carols people like best. Good King Wenceslas won the first poll.

The carol itself tells a completely fictional account of King Wenceslas enacting a miracle as he and his page are out to deliver food and firewood to a peasant seen gathering sticks to heat his hovel.

This metal cover is done by the band A hero for the world click on the link if you want to learn more about them.

Special Saturday night


Hello dear readers can you tell that it is getting closer to Christmas? Oh I don’t mean the congestion around the mall or the Amazon packages being stolen from the front porch. No I mean the attack against Jesus, and all things Christmas which leads us right to culture wars.

Yes here’s the first shot across the bow. An associate professor at Minnesota State University, Dr. Eric Spankle posted a tweet saying:

The Virgin birth story is about an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen. There is no definition of consent that would include that scenario. Happy Holidays.*

When it was pointed out that in the scriptures Mary actually did give consent, (Luke 1:26-38) his response was:

The biblical god regularly punished disobedience. The power difference (deity vs mortal) and the potential for violence for saying “no” negates her “yes”. To put someone in this position is unethical abuse of power at best and grossly predatory at worst.

I will just put Mary’s response right here:
And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name. Luke 1:46-49

Obviously, Mary thought this was a blessing.

Now let’s turn from from the sublime to a couple examples of the ridiculous.

Do you recognize these vegetables?

These are the characters from the show called Veggie Tales. If you’re not familiar with these characters they are a bunch of vegetables that tell stories based upon Biblical foundations.

Well at one California college, Cal State San Marcos, in their “Whiteness Forum” an event that exposes the ” myriad of ways that white supremacy remains front and center in the U.S. social and political context.”

In this forum students pointed to the show Veggie Tales and said because the villians had obvious ethnic accents while the heroes didn’t Veggie Tales was promoting racism with the heroes being “white”.

Eric Metaxes former writer and narrator for Veggie Tales said this:

“All vegetables are part of one race, even though they are of many colors,” Metaxas said. “They are all descended from the same parents — the Adam and Eve of vegetables, who foolishly ate a forbidden fruit (irony?) and screwed everything up for all vegetables descended from them. At least I’m pretty sure that’s the story. *

Multiracial vegetables I weep for this generation.

And from one cartoon show to another.

Yes that is Herbie the dentist elf and Rudolph the red nose reindeer. This show was first released on December 6, 1964 and never mind how old I was. Anyway this cartoon has been a staple of the Christmas season for many years. And yet in a recent Huffington Post video Rudolph triggered them.

Some of the complaints are that Donner is an abusive father by the way he treats Rudolph, and sexist because he forbids his wife from joining him to hunt for Rudolph.

Santa is abusive and no diversely or inclusivity training evident and so an HR nightmare.

And that is the mildest of the responses to a 54 year old movie.

I wonder how soon it will be until Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer is put on a list of banned movies never to be broadcasted again, or if allowed shown with a disclaimer warning parents. Or even more radical fed into a computer and all the wrongness taken out or changed. They’ll probably make the Abominable Snowman a vegan.

Well now we are moving from animation to current buzzwords.
Intersectionality is:

the theory that the overlap of various social identities, such as race, gender, and sexuality, contributes to the systemic oppression and discrimination experienced by an individual

I know that you may have been staying up late at night wondering what your possible intersectionality score possibly could be. Well wonder no longer from our friends on the internet the intersectionality calculator has been made. Now you can look up your score and ease your mind. The Intersectionality Calculator.

And in just your wondering I got a thirteen.

And last but certainly not least a myth of Christmas debunked.

Jesus wasn’t born in a stable.

According to Ian Paul at psephizo.com because of medieval misunderstanding and a general ignorance of first century Israel the idea that Jesus was alone in some sort of stable/barn like structure surrounded by nothing more than animals with Joseph and Mary is completely wrong. In fact it is more than likely that he was surrounded by not just his parents but by Joseph and Mary’s extended family that had also traveled Bethlehem to be registered.

One of the more interesting points the article makes is that the animals were normally kept inside the same structure as the living quarters. See the drawing below.

As you can see the animals are kept in the lower level while the family occupy the floor above. It would have been in this upper level that Mary would have given birth surrounded by family.

Read the article here: Once more Jesus was not birn in a stable.

Good night.

Movie Review: The Christmas Chronicles


Director: Clay Kaytis
Producer:Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Mark Radcliffe
Writer: Matt Lieberman, David Guggenheim
Cast: Kurt Russell,Judah Lewis, Darby Camp, Oliver Hudson, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Lamorne Morris, Martin Roach, Vella Lovell, Lauren Collins, Steven Van Zandt, Goldie Hawn

Plot: It’s Christmas and two siblings may cause Christmas not to come! Santa’s sleigh has been wrecked, the reindeer are scattered, and Santa is in jail for boosting a car! Can Kate and Teddy Pierce save Christmas and break Santa out of jail? Will Teddy believe once again in Santa Claus? Will Kate’s wish come true and they become a family once again?

You may be seeing some familiar storylines present in this Netflix movie and you are probably wondering whether you want to invest in another Christmas schmaltz fest where the meaning of Christmas is reduced to being a family again. And I don’t blame you at all. This isn’t “A Charlie Brown’s Christmas” or “A Wonderful Life”. This isn’t even the “Santa Clause”. And if that is what you want then this isn’t the movie for you.

But if you want to see Kurt Russell take Santa Claus and make it his then this is the movie for you. Now don’t get me wrong this isn’t a great movie, this may be a movie that needs viewing in the satellite of love with three robots in the first row. But Kurt Russell will make you enjoy this Santa Claus. He takes the mantle of Santa Claus and gives it a truly unique spin on it. The concert scene alone is worth the time.

So if you’re in the mood for some schmaltz, and Kurt Russell as Santa Claus check this movie out on Netflix.

One last thing there is some profanity used in the movie, I am not talking about “F” Bombs but there is some of a minor sort, although I wonder how any profanity can be minor, so be aware if children are present.

I am giving this movie two stars out of five.

Saturday Special


So someone on Twitter suggested doing this and I think it would be a good idea. It was pointed out that there are 24 chapters in the gospel of Luke. And if you read a chapter a day by Christmas you would have read the entire gospel. So as an Advent devotional, even though Advent starts tomorrow I invite you to join me in read the gospel of Luke.

Christmas Rom Coms A Rant


It’s that time again. While there is still cranberry sauce left in the refrigerator, the manipulators of entertainment has thrown their switch marked Christmas and has released the winter rom-coms.

Now a rom-com for those who were still blissfully ignorant is short for romantic comedy. And while rom-coms can occur at any season the winter rom-coms, especially the Christmas ones, seem to have a particular style. Something my youngest girl remarked on and got me to thinking.

So let’s lay out the style.

  • You are introduced to the desired male. This can be a soldier, a prince, or just some likable Joe.
  • You get to meet the woman. She can be a small town girl, rich heiress, or just a business woman.
  • You meet the wrong man. This is the boyfriend/fiancée of the woman and is so obviously wrong for her.
  • The supporting cast. These are various parents, relatives, friends, and townsfolk that surround either the woman or the desired male.

Now the story typically goes like this: The desired male is traveling through or working in the town where the woman lives or comes to. There is some initial conflict usually involving something like accidentally mistaking his food order for hers and starting eating it. He steals her cab, or even more hilarious accidentally causing her luggage to open and her clothes to splay out over the ground.

This is followed by the desired male doing something that endears him to the parents/friends/townsfolk which of course puts them on his side.

The desired male then is thrown into contact with the woman either by working with her or by the parents/friends/relatives/townsfolk bringing them together. Usually this is when the boyfriend/fiancée appears and you see how wrong he is for the woman and how much he needs to be gone from her life.

And the wrap up the boyfriend/fiancée has been dropped and she now moves on with her new love.

So let’s think about this for a minute. What we have here basically is someone unknown to the parents who intrudes into their daughter’s life and then causes her to throw off the man to whom she’s committed to be in a covenant with God. So what does this say about commitment let alone marriage?

Not only that but what does this teach our daughters about what they should expect for mates? Isn’t this promoting the “some day my prince will come” view?

And yet we are fed this “entertainment” every Christmas. Peace on earth throw your fiancée to the side. Let’s go after the guy with the leather jacket and motorcycle. Hallelujah!

So do yourself a favor turn off the rom-coms this Christmas.

Six Part Harmony Christmas


Frank Turk originally did this and it has been my go to for the Christmas story since.  
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
For to which of the angels did God ever say,

“You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”?

And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,

“Let all God’s angels worship him.”

Of the angels he says,

“He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.”

But of the Son he says,

“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to her. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But Mary was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 
And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 
And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy–the Son of God. … For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” 
And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son.
A decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. (this fulfilled what the prophet Micah had said, “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. 
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. 
And at the end of eight days, when [the child] was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. 
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 
(they said this because the prophet Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, and he did not go, as at other times, to look for omens, but set his face toward the wilderness. And Balaam lifted up his eyes and saw Israel camping tribe by tribe. And the Spirit of God came upon him, and he took up his discourse and said,

“I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near: a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel;”)

After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.