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Category: Christmas

Mary: Dwelling place of God

I became an Anglican for a number of reasons, but chief among those reasons is this: Anglicanism allows me to be truly catholic. You probably know that the word catholic just means universal. So, for instance, when we confess our faith in the words of the Nicene Creed, saying that we believe in the “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church,” we are affirming our belief that there is only one true church – it’s scope is…

Jesus’ Birth Changes Everything

The image featured in this post is from the famous, and highly complicated, 20th-century English artist, Sir Stanley Spencer. The work is titled Travoys Arriving with Wounded at a Dressing Station at Smol, Macedonia. I first encountered this painting reading a book by a Cambridge theologian named Michael Banner. It has stuck with me ever since, and I often think of it around Christmas time because it suggests that Jesus’ birth changes everything.  The painting features…