Monthly Archives: December 2017

The Story of “O Come O Come Emmanuel.” By Dr. Jeff Sanders

I have loved singing this song at Christmas time.  The tune is slow and majestic and “haunting” and thrilling.  The theology of the words is impeccable.  The song is ancient. . . . and the author is unknown.  We have … Continue reading

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The Real Reason Charles Dickens Wrote A Christmas Carol By John Broich

After a particularly bleak year, millions in the English-speaking world and beyond will seek some comfort by watching a converted miser in a nightshirt, skipping about as light as a feather. “Whoop! Hallo! …What’s to-day my fine fellow?” Published 173 … Continue reading

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The Story Behind the Carol: “Hark the Herald Angels Sing!” by Tyler Scarlett |

Here’s a few, little-known facts about Christmas Did you know that Christmas wasn’t declared a federal holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870?   In fact, Congress actually met in session on December 25, 1789, the first Christmas under … Continue reading

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Jesus Isn’t Threatened by Your Christmas Gifts By Tim Challies

  Christmas is fast approaching and, not surprisingly, my kids are looking forward to seeing what’s under the tree. The girls, at least, are still young enough that they are waiting with bated breath to learn what treasures they’ll be … Continue reading

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10 Tricks, Tips, And Techniques To Beat Writer’s Block

Writer’s block can happen at any time, usually just as you’re about to sit down in front of the computer and type your masterpiece. It doesn’t matter if you have a five-page personal essay, 10-page short story, or your master’s … Continue reading

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The Longings Of One Physically Disabled Woman

Originally posted on The Outspoken TULIP:
Being a physically disabled Christian often requires responding graciously to assumptions that my able-bodied brothers and sisters in Christ make. One friend envied all the extra time I have to study God’s Word (never…

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Review of Killers of the Flower Moon

  David Grann’s, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the F.B.I., is a gripping account of an event in the history of one of the richest Native American tribes in the United States. When … Continue reading

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Review of Sandpiper Cove

  In Irene Hannon’s Sandpiper Cove, Adam Stone must report an act of vandalism to the police. Because he’s an ex-con, this is the last thing he wants to do but when Hope Harbor’s police chief Lexie Graham (a woman … Continue reading

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Review of Empire Made

In his book, Empire Made: My Search for an Outlaw Uncle who Vanished in British India, recounts his journey to find a long-lost relative who disappeared in Asia during the apex of Britain’s hegemony. Empire Made is part history, part … Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor and the Legacy of Carl Vinson Victor Davis Hanson

    His monumental contributions to American security are largely unknown to Americans today.   Seventy-six years ago on Dec. 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese fleet surprise-attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the home port of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.   Japanese … Continue reading

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