Category Archives: Jesus

An Open Letter to Christian Song Writers

The first reading is taken from the gospel according to Matthew, chapter 5, beginning to read at verse 1. Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he … Continue reading

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Of Poor Albert and Certain Poor Shepherds

This Christmas, my church in Moscow has been singing an upbeat synthesized version of ‘The First Noel’ in Russian, with Santa hats dotted around, and the word «Рождество» in orange lights in front of the drum kit. For the first … Continue reading

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Summer Camp, Sheep-keeping, and the Gospel According to a Young Learner Classroom

Up and down the dingy corridors of a square, grey, Soviet-era sanatorium building, somewhere in the Russian countryside, I am improvising a poor contemporary re-enactment of the Parable of the Lost Sheep. “Back In The Classroom, Please!” My student, eight … Continue reading

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