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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Two Powerful Songs You May Never Have Heard

It's been a while since I have done posts that are pure recommendations, so here goes.

Yesterday, I learned that my book The Rest of the Bible had been quoted by one of my favorite online writers, Joel J Miller.  He was writing on the Two Songs of the Three Holy Youths in the Fiery Furnace, which is found only in the LXX Old Testament.

If you don't currently read his work, you need to subscribe to Joel J. Miller's posts on Patheos.  I will give you the link in a minute.

I have been following Joel for some time.  He's an Orthodox Christian who maintained his own blog, where he wrote great essays only too infrequently.

Recently he was picked up Patheos, and online repository for religion writing.  Since then his posts have become more regular and consistently good.  

Joel is the Vice President of Acquisitions and Editorial in the Non Fiction Trade Group at Thomas Nelson.  He is also the author of 5 books, and his recent Lifted by Angels has been highlighted through an interview on Ancient Faith Live.  Hopefully our church book club will add it to the list of 2013 books.

Add Joel to your list of online destinations.  Here's the link




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Monday, December 10, 2012

Do You Know the Christmas Carol, "God Will Come From Teman?"


The carols of Christmas have begun as we prepare for the birth of Christ.  Joyous old hymns celebrating “The First Noel”, honoring a “Silent Night”, and hearing angels beckon “Come All You Faithful” pulse through speakers of our local marketplace. 
Orthodox songs are absent in popular American life, so we may be less familiar with the words and meanings.  Leading up to the Nativity, several hymns repeat each service, bringing to us the theology of the Church and helping us understand the fullness of the Incarnation. 
No service of the Christmas season is more full of wonder and theology than the Royal Hours preceding the celebration of the Nativity of Christ. 
Hymns explaining the mystery of God becoming Man through the womb of a Virgin are scattered among litanies, Psalms, and Readings of Scripture.  Yet throughout this service a strange phrase is repeated:  click here for the rest
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