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The Devil at Christmas

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Some years ago, I taught a Sunday School class of third- and fourth-graders. One Sunday, they learned the story told in Luke 4 of Jesus’ rejection at Nazareth. We talked about how Jesus’ quotation of Isaiah 61—“the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me . . . ”—was an . . . . Continue Reading »

P. D. James on Book Reviews

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While the Internet may be suffocating the world of print media, it has only enlivened the genre of the book review. In addition to the scores of websites posting book reviews daily, anyone with an Amazon password can share her opinion on a book with the waiting world. P.D. James wrote her . . . . Continue Reading »

Martha, Martha

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Martha Stewart is not happy with the blogosphere. Last week, in an interview with Bloomberg News she griped  Who are these bloggers? They’re not trained editors at Vogue magazine. I mean, there are bloggers writing recipes that aren’t tested, that aren’t necessarily very good, . . . . Continue Reading »