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Three Kings for Epiphany

Today (Friday, January 6, 2023) is Epiphany, best known for commemorating the visit of the Magi and the revelation of God’s salvation to the Gentiles. The classic hymn, We Three Kings, is inaccurate (for starters they weren’t kings, and the Bible tells us only that they brought three gifts), but we’ll still sang it this past Sunday Sunday (it is a classic for a reason). Here’s Blondie’s rendition in case you missed it.

How Christmas Changed Everything

I would really encourage you to take a look at this article on the way the coming of Jesus Christ affected all of western civilization. A key quote:

“if you live in the West, the claims of Christmas have profoundly shaped your life and view of the world. You don’t have to believe in Jesus or even think about him for that to be true.”

Let me know if you can’t get to it behind The New York Times paywall.


A Crisis Reveals What Is In Our Hearts

Pope Francis has published a moving editorial about the pandemic in the New York Times. He writes of how moments of crisis like these reveal what is in our hearts. The best line: “If we are to come out of this crisis less selfish than when we went in, we have to let ourselves be touched by others’ pain.”

It’s not brief, it’s not entertaining, but I encourage you to take the time time to read it.


A Dangerous Book

NPR has a story about a Bible intended for slaves and published in 1807 that “excludes any portion of text that might inspire rebellion or liberation.” According to an associate curator at the museum where said Bible is on display, “About 90 percent of the Old Testament is missing [and] 50 percent of the New Testament is missing.” [1] The existence of such a version of the Bible is a reminder that the Bible is a dangerous book. That’s why slave owners insisted that so much of it removed, it’s why so much of it is still ignored today.


[1] Michel Martin, “Slave Bible From The 1800s Omitted Key Passages That Could Incite Rebellion,” NPR, December 09, 2018, , accessed December 10, 2018,