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Roundup: Jazz Advent medley, whitewashed Jesuses spark lawsuit, Christ as Shanti Data, Kitschmas gift ideas, and a South Park ditty

Jazz Advent medley: The video below is taken from a 2012 Advent service at Citylife Presbyterian Church in Boston. It features a jazz arrangement of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” by Sam JC Lee (he’s the one on the double … Continue reading

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Roundup: Why I celebrate Advent; Advent songs for kids; the dark shadows of Christmas; new research on the Star of Bethlehem; adoring Christ

“Seven Reasons to Celebrate Advent” by Ryan Shelton: Many Protestant churches, including the one I grew up in, forgo the celebration of Advent and other seasons of the church year, unconvinced of their value. Like Mathis, I wasn’t introduced to … Continue reading

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Roundup: Art ministry in West Africa, illuminated Merton poem, Deeper Well Records, Van Gogh’s lost Jesus paintings, and Jesus quiz

Partner with an arts missionary: My friend Scott Rayl has joined Wycliffe Bible Translators as an arts specialist and is in the process of raising money to start training for service in West Africa. Scott is the person who first got … Continue reading

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Roundup: Yeezianity, the Young Messiah, false Jesus theories, abandoned churches, religion treasures at Yale

“The Church of Yeezianity” by Matt Wilstein: This new religion reveres Kanye West as Yeezus, “a divine being who has been sent by God to usher in a New Age of humanity,” according to the religion’s official website. In an … Continue reading

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Roundup: MOBIA closing, spirituality in African & African American art, Christian bookstores, a mom’s legacy, “River of Life”

The Museum of Biblical Art in New York City will be closing permanently on June 14 due to lack of funding. I really am saddened by this news. The (secular) art news blog Hyperallergic covered this story, writing that MOBIA … Continue reading

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Christmas Roundup: The Polar Express, the Magi in art, the historical “Santa,” and more

“Jesus, Jacob, and The Polar Express” by Greg Lucas: This dad reflects on his twenty-year-old autistic son’s emotional experience of Santa and wonders whether maybe the eager anticipation he feels waiting for Santa, and then the pure joy of finally … Continue reading

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Roundup: Modern church art, Michael Brown, fun with rocks, Thompson adaptation, and Jesus as Messiah

The Church’s engagement with contemporary art, by Jonathan Evens: The church has been and is experiencing a renaissance of commissioned art, but so few people seem to be aware of it. Evens, who recently returned from a modern “Christian art” … Continue reading

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