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Believing Our Carols at Christmas: Embracing Our Brother, the Slave

The best spiritual practice you could perform is to spend the next year simply trying to live the implications of your favorite hymn. My friend, the late theologian and attorney, Edward Fudge, once said, “We all sing ‘All To Jesus I Surrender,’ and we’re all lying when sing it.” While Christians have spent centuries debating hymnody, one topic left off the table is whether we believe what we sing. Edward’s words jammed into my spirit. Every beautiful once-in-a-while, I’ll catch myself in worship and swing back to the insight in Edward’s words. “Am I lying while I’m singing?” Oftentimes I am.
You are too, I suspect. O Holy Night This Advent, my ears have been ringing with the…
Culture
Formation

How Saint Francis Can Help Save Christmas

A friend of mine was walking through his neighborhood a few weeks before Christmas, years ago. As he approached one house, he noticed the Nativity in the front yard. Everything was in its place—shepherds, wise men, Mary, Joseph, a manger—only…
Theology
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