Monthly Archives: December 2015

To My Faithful Readers:

Wishing You A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!     “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Mathew 1:21   … Continue reading

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The Gospel according to Christmas Carols

Nathan Busenitz  December 18, 2015 It’s that time of year. Turn on the radio, take a trip to the mall, or simply stroll down the aisles of the local grocery store, and you’re likely to hear songs about Jesus’ birth playing in the background. … Continue reading

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Review of A Christmas Escape

  In Anne Perry’s novella, A Christmas Escape, Charles Latterly is fleeing his grief over the death of his wife. He travels to a remote island in the Mediterranean and finds himself in the company of eclectic characters, one of … Continue reading

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Review of Shadow Commander

  In his book, Shadow Commander: The Epic Story of Donald D. Blackburn—Guerilla Leader and Special Forces Hero, Mike Guardia traces the life and career of a man who played pivotal roles in both World War Two and the Vietnam … Continue reading

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Review of A New York Christmas

  In Anne Perry’s novella, A New York Christmas, Jemima Pitt accompanies a young friend from London to New York to see her safely married. But the happiness of the upcoming occasion is soon spoiled with the murder of an … Continue reading

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The True Story of Pain and Hope Behind “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” Contributed By Justin Taylor

In March of 1863, 18-year-old Charles Appleton Longfellow walked out of his family’s house on Brattle Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and—unbeknownst to his family—boarded a train bound for Washington, D.C., traveling over 400 miles across the eastern seaboard in order to … Continue reading

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The Remarkable Woman Behind ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ By Karen Swallow Prior

Choirmasters consider it the world’s greatest Christmas carol. It has been recorded by musicians ranging from the Choir of King’s College to Annie Lennox to James Taylor. Originally titled “A Christmas Carol,” the poem we know as “In the Bleak Midwinter” by … Continue reading

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The Art of Verbing Nouns Peter R Leavell

My family verbs nouns. When we sit around and chat, we family. When we eat, we dinner. And when craft time rolls around, we art. Normally, art is something to hang on the wall. Art is a degree that’s quite … Continue reading

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Why the Comma in “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen By Nannette Elkins

First published in Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern (1833), with the help of William B. Sandy, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen is one of the oldest carols sung today, dating back over 500 years. The composer is not known but … Continue reading

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No room in America for Christian refugees By Abraham H. Miller

At the end of World War II, the Jewish survivors of Europe’s Holocaust found that nearly every door was closed to them. “Tell Me Where Can I Go?” was a popular Yiddish song at the time. Decades later, the Christians … Continue reading

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