Christmas: it’s used to sell just about everything, from dresses to drills, peaches to Playstations, and cards to… well… Case magazine! Is the retailer’s dream also the Christian’s nightmare, or is it a unique opportunity to share God incarnate with the world? Should Christians withdraw from this often far-from-holy public holiday (not to mention, for Australian Christians, a far-too-Northern-Hemisphere snow and holly-day), revel in it, or find alternative ways to celebrate it?
These are some of the issues explored in the latest edition of Casemagazine, along with the question of whether the incarnate God of Christmas carols is just too strange to believe today, the value of celebrating a shared Christian calendar, and why we include Three Kings in nativity scenes. We hope you enjoy reading and thinking about Christmas this Christmas.
We would like to extend our apologies to Case Magazine subscribers for the late arrival of this issue. Our printers have had to postpone printing due to Christmas demand. However we are assured it will be in your mailboxes before Christmas, and we hope you have a chance to enjoy reading it over the holidays.
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Hot off the press is a new book by CASE Director, Trevor Cairney, written together with Bryan Cowling and Michael Jensen. The book, New Perspectives on Anglican Education: Reconsidering Purpose and Plotting a Future Direction does exactly that—it re-examines the purposes of school education with an eye to developing a pedagogy suitable for implementation in Anglican Schools.
For more about the book and its aims see the recent CASE blog post on Anglican Education (link below).
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Thanks for supporting CASE. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas, and that it may be a time of rest and thankfulness as we reflect on God’s blessing and kindness to us in the gift of His Son.
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