Interestingly, one I found is unavailable in the public domain, but is available by special permission here.
The Celestial Rose (at the very top of Paradise):
What Child is this who, laid to restI had originally intended to use this series of posts as devotional reflections through a Christmas carol, but as I've been watching comments, posts, and stories make the rounds on Facebook, I've decided to turn at least part of this post in a more polemic direction.
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.
Also, he may have been a robot here to save or kill John Connor.
Holiness is for prudes, for sticklers, for the uptight, the judgmental. Holiness is boring in the minds of most people. You young people know very well... that you're tempted to think that holiness is boring. But that's because, as with the Presence of God, you've never seen it, or experienced its power.-Robert Rayburn, Sermon on Ezekiel 43:13-46:24 available here.
The hope of the gospel meant more than the truth that Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, had come to earth, died on a cross to free us from sin, and then rose on the third day. It also meant the hope of being free from the shackles of government as we worked to redeem the world for Christ through political means.(65)Most importantly, this book is remarkable evidence that as Christians we can disagree on issues (no doubt Harris and I would differ on many) while agreeing on methods and respecting each other as believers.
For the Loeb classics are the monument of a book culture that now seems on the wane -- a culture that prized the making and owning of physical books, not just for the pleasure of turning the pages, but from a sense that the book was the natural, predestined vessel of every expression of human thought.Read the rest of his tribute here: The Other Socrates - The Barnes & Noble Review.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and EthicsHere at least, I think Nock was off in his analysis.)
During the last week of September every year, hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2011 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 24 through October 1. Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,000 books have been challenged since 1982.Some of the banned books, or at least "challenged" books, include Crank, And Tango Makes Three, and classics like Brave New World.