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Heavens! A St. Peter Joke with Good Theology!

Heavens! A St. Peter Joke with Good Theology!

Good heavens! Rev. Bosco Peters of Liturgy.co.nz has gone and found it. It’s a St. Peter joke (you know, this guy dies and goes to the pearly gates and he meets St. Peter and St. Peter says….) that actually has good theology. Well, for a St. Peter joke. Have a gander: A man dies and […]

"I Have a Sign": Answering Spiritual Abusers According to Their Folly

“I Have a Sign”: Answering Spiritual Abusers According to Their Folly

“Are you looking for a sign from God? This is it.” — seen on too many church signs In the popular imagination, Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist “Church” probably deserve their status as the archetypal hateful ultra-fundamentalist spiritual abusers. (They’re the ones who popularized the infamous slogan, “God hates [anti-homosexual slur redacted]s.”) For reasons […]

Five People You Won't Meet in Heaven (And One You Might)

Five People You Won’t Meet in Heaven (And One You Might)

by Eric M. Pazdziora Many different people believe that if you are a Christian you will go to heaven… If this is so, that means that Fred Phelps will go to heaven. When you consider that non-Christians don't, that would mean that Phelps would go but not Princess Di and M. Gandhi. Is this fair? […]

"You Might Be a Sadducee If…"

“You Might Be a Sadducee If…”

[From my archives.] Ah, those good old Pharisees.  They’ve been dead and gone for centuries, yet we never tire of talking about the dangers of their beliefs.  I’ve lost count of the number of sermons I’ve heard, articles I’ve seen, and books I’ve read that in some way or another caution the Christians of modern […]

Joy to the World (Psalm 98)

Joy to the World (Psalm 98)

“The Messiah’s Coming and Kingdom” Isaac Watts (1674-1748) Psalm 98:4-8 One of our best-loved Christmas carols isn’t really about Christmas.(Technically, it isn’t even a carol.) It’s one of a set of paraphrases of the book of psalms, converted into hymn form by the 17th-century “Father of English Hymnody,” Isaac Watts: Joy to the world, the […]

My Favorite Offbeat Christmas Reading

My Favorite Offbeat Christmas Reading

For many of us book lovers, Christmas is a time when we can kick back and enjoy some classic little pieces of literature– A Christmas Carol, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, A Visit from St. Nicholas, and of course the Nativity stories themselves in Matthew and Luke. When I have time again for leisure reading, […]

Rudolph's Revenge: A Fractured Christmas Fable

Rudolph’s Revenge: A Fractured Christmas Fable

* * * * * * * * “Yes,” my visitor told me, glowering over the steam of his warm Christmas toddy.  “The whole thing was the fault of the reindeer.” “Reindeer?”  I said. “You know: Dasher and Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid, Donder and Blitzen.  But it’s amazing how many people don’t […]

Tales from the Kitsch: More Tacky (and Creepy!) Nativity Scenes

Tales from the Kitsch: More Tacky (and Creepy!) Nativity Scenes

I told you guys to stop me. You can’t say you weren’t warned this would happen. Ohhhh, man. Emboldened by the Crescat’s contest and your delighted reaction to my previous hilarious tacky nativity scenes, I pushed past my initial fear and kept searching through the dark and terrible world beyond the Kitsch. Now I’ve found it. […]

You're a Mean One, Mister Kitsch: More Tacky Nativity Scenes!

You’re a Mean One, Mister Kitsch: More Tacky Nativity Scenes!

On the second day of Kitschmas, I gave to the Crescat’s contest: Does it get any tackier than an inflatable Nativity Scene? Yes sir. Yes sir, it does….   Disproving the rule that everything is cooler with robots.   That’s one weird-looking donkey, or is it the Easter Bunny?   Baby Jesus and Baby Mary. […]