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Published on: December 26, 2013
Yule Blog
Rolling the Credits

The traditional Via Meadia Yule Blog continues today, Boxing Day, with the second of the Thirteen Posts of Christmas. From Christmas Eve through to Twelfth Night, we explore the Christmas story and the ideas behind the celebration.

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  • Worried_in_USA

    Lovely. Thank you.

  • rhondawain

    If Christians believe he was a Jew then why have so many Jews been killed in his name? IF he was messiah, why didn’t he usher in peace? He has been a Disaster for Jews.

    • Faith Lewis

      Your questions are so important. There is a fantastic (although controversial) book that addresses exactly what you are asking – “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” written by Dr. Reza Aslan.

  • Faith Lewis

    I always thought the genealogy at the start of Matthew was off-putting.. until I travelled to Korea and learned how Koreans became attracted to the Christian message. Legend is that the missionaries gave New Testament books (in Korean) to the Korean people as a tool of evangelism. With little explanation about the make-up of the New Testament (there are 4 gospels, letters, etc) anyone would naturally turn to the front pages and beginning reading with Matthew. What seemed doomed to failure (who can be inspired by a long line of begets?) turned out to be the starting place of evangelism because the Korean people value the connection of generations and the relationship to ancestry. The genealogy spoke deep to their soul and was an inspirational starting place for an entire culture to understand Christ.

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