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Verse of the Month
Philippians 4:8:

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

British and German troops
Commentary
The Song That Stopped a War

Along a sector of trenches manned by a Highland Brigade the tough Scots hear the words of a familiar tune wafting from the German lines: “Stille Nacht, Heilege Nacht.”

“Silent Night, Holy Night.” The Fritzes were serenading the Porridge Eaters with “Silent Night,” perhaps the most endearing and poignant of Christmas carols.

Cautiously, the Highlanders poked their heads above the barbed wire. They couldn’t believe what they were seeing. German soldiers had placed small Christmas trees and candles outside their trenches. Signs appeared in fractured English in the Gothic German script. “You no fight, we no fight.”

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Christians Undercover is a series of interviews and reflections written by various authors.

Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg

Rising star Mark Wahlberg makes no bones about how much church means to him. He told LA Times he carries a prayer book with him on set and attends church regularly.

This squares with the report that the former "Transformers" lead man and East Coast ditchdigger now worships at Mass Sunday mornings and then drives home to roust his four children out for Sunday 11 AM services.

Many raise eyebrows when Christians claim actors as some of their own but Wahlberg is one of many who chooses to remain "quietly Christian" while making no bones about his faith committment when interviewed.

star of Bethlehem
Sermon
What If...?

What if God, in order to rescue his creation from itself, knew in advance he had to become one with them?

What if, to effect his plan to bring many children to glory (Hebrews 2:10) he knew only too well that the one great hope that darkened, alienated, guilty human beings would have of responding to him meant his coming in their guise and drawing alongside them as a man, an ordinary man.

What if?

What if, that is, the story Christians invest in so heavily known as the Bethlehem Story were true? Not only true but necessary. That’s the sort of radical agenda behind such Bible passages as these...

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Star of Wonder

DCTV episode Star of Wonder

Neil Earle speculates on the Star of Bethlehem.

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