Dec 18 2014

Methodist Youth President: Thinking out loud : Make The Time for Christmas

It’s that time of year. Yes, it has come round rather fast. Christmas has this way of sneaking up on you and before you know it the days here! The CHRISTMAS has arrived!  So in true festive spirit I’ve written a…’poem’ if that’s the best way to describe it about the hectic, busy holiday that is Christmas.

Crums it’s here, it came round so fast!

How did this happen, it couldn’t be long since we celebrated it last.

Right, get the decorations, all hands on deck

In goes the turkey, brussel sprouts, Christmas pudding, check.

Santa seems to have been and delivered lots of gifts

Too bad I’ve eaten so much and can’t seem to shift.

My goodness is that the time, where has the day gone

After all that preparation it wasn’t even that long.

So once again the time has passed us by, one year Christmas might stop and actually say hi.
So, as I hope you can tell, this poem was written with quite a comedic stance on how chaotic Christmas can be. But actually I want to use this comedic poem to make a rather serious point.
Remember to stop and enjoy this Christmas. It is a time that we are suppose to celebrate, have fun and be merry. So this year, here is a challenge, try not to get stressed out about Christmas, just enjoy and have fun and don’t let the festive season pass you by.
Merry Christmas and God Bless

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Dec 18 2014

connexions: Rejoicing with Druids: Revd. John Ames on Christmas

Two things I find obnoxious about certain Christians at Christmas: not only, obviously, (1) the idiotic belligerence of some over the so-called “War on Christmas” (”Go ahead, punk, make my day: wish me ‘Happy Holidays’!”); but also, tiresomely, (2) the predictable sanctimonious pontifications and self-flagellations of others about in-house excess (”My fellow believers, remember the […]

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Dec 18 2014

Beguine Again: The Twilight of Citizenship?

… [M]y intent is to say that if the rights of the Michael Browns and Eric Garners are not safe, then neither are the rights of privileged, white, affluent, upper-middle-class white folks …

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Dec 18 2014

The Heart Of The Matter: A Young Adult’s Reflection On Absolute Truth

Those who comment on the state of religion in America often remark how truth is relative for emerging generations.  You can read about that here, here, and here.Yet in contrast to that cultural assumption — which most of us assume to be true with…

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Dec 18 2014

Thoughts of a Naked Alien: The Virgin.

(Annunciation by James Tissot)

 Naked Thoughts on Luke 1:26-38.

God sent an angel to talk to a virgin. The virgin was one of many Marys living in the village of Nazareth up in the back-country. The virgin was promised in marriage to an older man from the branch of Jesse. Like many others, his name was Joseph. It makes me think of the beginning of the movie “The Wizard of Oz” – a monochrome world waiting for something to happen.

When the angel told her not to be afraid because God loved her, did she know he was an angel? Or was he just some crazy man to her at first? Then, he told her that she would give birth to a boy named Jesus. He didn’t say when – he could have been talking about “someday”! But then the angel dropped a bomb: this boy-to-be will be the Son of God and the messiah of mankind. BOOM!

Mary overcame the social conventions against a woman being alone and speaking with a “man”, and boldly looked the angel in the eyes: “Impossible! I have never had sex.” Was she wondering if people were telling lies about her behind her back at the well? How would he have come up with something so outrageous on his own? He didn’t even know her!

Some of our Bible translations use some very earthy sexual innuendo for the angel’s reply: the Spirit will “come upon you”; God’s shadow will “lie upon you”. Again he stressed to her that the boy would be God’s son. What was she thinking?

“God can do this”, the angel told her. “Your old barren cousin Elizabeth is six- months pregnant. Go visit her if your want proof.” If we were looking at this text alone, we would see John as miraculous proof that the God of Sara et al was still in the fertility business. We would miss out on his pending ministry of shaking things up. As another John wrote: “Let It Be.” Mother Mary gave the angel her answer, and he left.

Advent is all about feeling the ground tremble and watching the walls fall. A tornado is coming and a new day rises in glorious color.!/pages/The-Naked-Alien/352389110349?ref=ts

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Dec 18 2014

John Meunier: Believe in Christmas

Someone can always come up with a reason not to believe. We can always cook up a story that does not need God in it. We’ve been doing that from the start, but one of my favorite illustrations of this is … Continue reading

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