What was Tony Jordans: “The Nativity” about?

Well. Its been and gone, but what was Tony Jordans: “The Nativity” all about?

Easy Answer. The Birth of Jesus

Was it really?

You have the Magi, Herod, Elizabeth and the whole cast but the script seemed to really draw out two characters; Thomas and Joseph. Two guys struggling with faith. Thomas  has a simple job as a shepherd. He believes in God, but struggles with money, work, health, and finding his place in the world.

While Joseph, in my opinion has the biggest story of them all. A little shy and perhaps a little unsure of himself we see him fall in love with the girl he’s been dreaming for, we see how much he misses her when she was gone, and we see his heart break. We see him question, we see him run, and we see him return.

A few days ago I commented to @iccleanne, that the Church almost seems less human around Christmas time. Worship becomes about predictable carols, sermons almost become guessable, the whole Church thing at Christmas… I cant help but sometimes feel its scripted…

The Nativity reminds us of the humanity at the centre of Gods heart.

Even if Mary is wrapped in Blue by the end…

Watch on iPlayer.

Weekly Round Up: The Out of This World Edition…

…trust me, it kinda is:

  • (Not really from this week but still kinda applies to events of of this week as well) The Kouya Chronicle calls for prospective in the light of recent votes that have made the news. (With thanks to @RobinS for the tip)
  • Imagine the church sofa… but with rose wine, cushions, and less pizza left gathering dust. It might look something like Purposeful Purity. Very cool blog, except they think that Spiderman is better then Batman…
  • Looking for a last minute Christmas present? Maybe worth while checking out Patriarch, a novel based on Abraham, and available at cost price… or even cheaper… but donating to ICY might be nice.
  • Talking about Christmas, Dave Walker has helped us to understand the symbolism behind Christmas.
  • Jon Butler looks at the importance of being together.
  • And finally… This camera actually does get lifted out of this world.  (Really very cool)

Why Christmas?

Christmas.
Its a mad time really, full of dashing around making sure everyone is happy, but have you ever wondered about some of what we do at Christmas, such as:

  • Why do we have Christmas Trees?
  • Why bother sending Christmas Cards to each other?
  • Who on earth is Father Christmas anyway?
  • Where did this all start?

The WhyChristmas website aims to answer these questions of the season and many more, and worth checking out.

How to find a carol service

Want to find a carol service?

Maybe you fancy a chance to do something traditional, eat some mince pies, sing a few carols by candle light, or something?

Well if you’re in the Exeter area then you have www.findacarolservice.com, yes the picture is a little cheesy, yes there is  bug in the database (put a space in your post code – or its odd), and no my own C of E church isn’t in there… oh and there seems to be a church called NULL…

…but I do like the idea.

(With hand tip to the mouse.)

X Factor Nakedness? Really?

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So the X Factor this weekend… Christina and Rihanna… what is the shock and surprise about?

Lets think about it. The X Factor is a TV ‘talent’ show aimed at courting publicity, and making money… They have two singers who are known for not being fully dressed during their performances…

What was really going to happen?

The thing that we’re really wondering is why are we so obsessed with people that we’ve never met before and that we see in miniature form doing silly things, when we still don’t know the name of our neighbour… but I suppose its easier to get rid of miniature people…

Weekly Round Up: The ‘Warning: religious symbolism’ Edition

What is Church About?

Heres some of the best we’ve come across this week:

  • Phil Ritchie has picked up on the fact that it seems that Religious Symbolism is something that Film 2010 feels people need to be warned about. Heres the Film2010 review of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – I was kinda amazed at the comments as well.
  • Whats a “Christian Tree”? According to the news broadcast I caught one has been cut down in Glastonbury. BBC News has the info…
  • Does the name Gavin Peacock ring a bell? Ever wondered what happened to him? The Independent has the answers… even if his name doesn’t ring a bell its an interesting article about a former footballer becoming a preacher man.
  • And finally… What would an atheist nativity play look like? (Warning: Humour Needed!)