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Preaching at Christmas

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I haven't posted anything for a while due to the Christmas rush. I wanted to put something up in response to an article by my diocesan bishop in the Church Times. There are good things in the article, but his comment about not preaching at carol services is pretty disappointing.

Ian Paul has written a good response I think. I have written to the Church Times as follows:

Sir,

I was surprised and disappointed to see my Diocesan Bishop encouraging clergy not to preach at carol services (O come, all ye (occasionally) faithful). I would suggest there are a number of good reasons to preach. First, the biblical accounts contain regular explanation - whether in the messages from the angels or the references to the Old Testament. This suggests God intends the Christmas stories to be explained. Second, because we live in a culture which increasingly does not know or understand the Bible, we cannot simply read the story and hope people will understand. Third, the purpose of having preachers a…