The perfect Aussie Christmas

This is probably even funnier for we Aussies enjoying cold european Christmases:     The slip’n’slide kills me every time.

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White wine in the sun?

White wine in the sun?

It’s that time of year again, when many of my fellow antipodeans share this video: And I can understand why. Tim Minchin, in clever (it’s almost as if he sets a page of The God Delusion to the score of Les Mis) and witty lyrics sum up how a lot of people feel about Christmas. I even agree with his words against commercialisation. The music […]

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Angels we have heard on high, sweetly shouting o’er the play

In case you haven’t seen this one doing the rounds, here is a special Advent video that will make you giggle:    

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Advent: Angels from the Realms of Glory (HT @ZacHicks )

It’s the first Sunday in Advent, which means Christmas is not too far away (and the  Weihnachtsmarkt and it’s delicacies is here!). Anyway, seems like a good time to highlight a rocking new arrangement of the old carol “Angels from the realms of glory” from Zac Hicks. I’ve been powering away to it at the gym lately, and one thing that I love is how it couples […]

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10 contemporary Christmas songs for free download

Another post highlighting some freebies! Hooray! Kingsway music has, for a short time, ten Christmas songs available for free dowload (mp3 and sheetmusic). The songs come from song-writers such as Stuart Townend, Matt Redman, and Breton Brown. I particularly love Joy has dawned (this download includes full orchestration parts!!), and From the squalor.. Get them here (free registration required)

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The Nativity: facebook style

Just in case you haven’t seen this:

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Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum

The Crossway blog points out why gold, incense, and myrrh were appropriate gifts for the Magi to bring the baby Jesus: Gold: It is easy to see why gold is an appropriate gift for Jesus Christ. Gold is the metal of kings. When gold was presented to Jesus, it acknowledged his right to rule. The wise men knew Jesus was the King of kings. Incense: […]

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Learning to lay-preach (+ Luke 2:8-20)

Not only did I make my debut as Falke this weekend, I lay-preached for only the second time. The previous time was several years ago in Sydney where I had pretty much no idea what I was doing. This time round, when asked a few weeks back to fill in for the pastor who would be away, I realised that I had no idea what […]

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The Word became flesh: Jesus – God’s foot in my door.

The Word became flesh: Jesus – God’s foot in my door.Hugh Palmer on Christmas

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Good Christmas songs #3

I’ve been pretty slack with this ‘series’, but as it’s Heiligen Abend it’s worth posting another: Hope Has ComeStephen Altrogge “Hope Has Come” is an exuberant and lyrically rich celebration of the Incarnation miracle. It invites us to “join with the angel’s voices” not only lyrically, but also with its joyful rhythms—and leads us to celebrate not the song, but the Savior. A the time […]

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Good Christmas songs #2

Joy has dawned by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend Keith Getty and I wrote “Joy has dawned” as part of a project we’ve been working on entitled “Creed” – a collection of new hymns and songs based on the themes of the Apostles’ Creed. Keith and I both share a passion to see churches singing songs full of truth, compositions that not only express our […]

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Some Christmas Carols are nonsense

The Bishop of Croydon has suggested that a number of Christmas carols are’nonsense’. I tend to agree with some of his examples. Lest I be simply critical, here is a new series of posts to celebrate advent – some great Christmas Songs On Christmas Day by Matt Osgood The incarnation is full of seeming paradoxes and contradictions – the uncontainable God contained within a stable, […]

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