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Bad Christmas Presents #1

#1 in a series of what not to give your beloved for Christmas.


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Song Of Zechariah – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 13

Luke 1: 67-79, also known as Zechariah’s song has been given a number of settings, old and new.
Here’s a version that The Gospel Coalition released a few years ago, sung by Brooks Ritter.
It’s part of a collection of songs based on the Gospel according to Luke.


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The Secret Life Of ‘Um’ (via The Atlantic)

An interview by Julie Beck of The Atlantic featuring N.J. Enfield, a professor of linguistics from Sydney, that explains how vocal fillers like ‘um’ are as much a part of spoken communication as other parts of speech.

An excerpt:

One of the big traffic signals that manages that is these hesitation markers like “um” and “uh,” because they can be used as early as you like. Of course, they don’t have any content, they don’t tell you anything about what I’m about to say, but they do say, “Wait please, because I know time’s ticking and I don’t want to leave silence but I’m not ready to produce what I want to say.”
There’s another important reason for delay, and that is because you are trying to buffer what we call a “dis-preferred response.” A clear example would be: I say “How about we go and grab coffee later?” and you’re not free. If you’re free and you say, “Yeah, sure, sounds good,” that response will tend to come out very fast. But if you say “Ah, actually no, I’m not really free this afternoon, sorry,” that kind of response is definitely going to come out later. It may have nothing to do with a processing problem as such, but it’s putting a buffer there because you’re aware saying “No” is not the thing the questioner was going for. We tend to deliver those dis-preferred responses a bit later. If you say “no” very quickly, that often comes across as blunt or abrupt or rude.
The way we play with those little delays, others are very sensitive to what that means. A full second is about the limit of our tolerance for silence. Then we will either assume the other person’s not going to respond at all, and we just keep speaking, or we might pursue a response.

Read the whole interview at The Atlantic.


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Our King Of Peace – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 12

Our King Of Peace is an original song based on Luke 1:46-55 (Mary’s song, the Magnificat) by Wendell Kimbrough.
This video features Kimbrough’s recording of the song set to a most suitable video.

The lyrics:
My soul magnifies the Lord;
My spirit rejoices in God!
My Savior has seen his servant in need,
And behold the great things He has done:

He scatters the proud and rich;
He lifts up the humble and weak.
The kings of the earth,
He casts from their thrones
And the hungry He welcomes to feast.

Oh, behold, my Savior has come!
And my soul will tell of His praise
For He Who is strong has come to the weak
And, at last, He will reign as our King of Peace

From now to the end of time
The nations will know me as blest
For God has made new His promise of love
And mercy through Abraham’s seed

Oh, behold, my Savior has come!
And my soul will tell of His praise
For He Who is strong has come to the weak
And, at last, He will reign as our King

Oh, behold, my Savior has come!
And my soul will tell of His praise
For He Who is strong has come to the weak
And, at last, He will reign as our King of Peace


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Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 11

This rendition of Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent is from Bifrost Arts’ album Salvation Is Created.
It features Elin Smith.


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A Child Will Lead Us All – Christmas (Sunday) Songs Day 10

Something a little different.
A Child Will Lead Us All is an original Advent themed composition by The Orchardist.
The child born in Bethlehem has grown, been crucified, is raised; and leads us home through our ingrafting into him.

The lyrics:
The kingdom’s coming as a seed
Smaller than the eye can see
From wanting eyes to set us free, kingdom come

The kingdom’s coming as the rain
To wash away our castles vain
And cleanse the burdened heart from stain, kingdom come

The kingdom’s coming as a word
The wisest man has never heard
And foolish lips will speak the cure, kingdom come

The kingdom’s coming as a song
Mournful dirge and anthem strong
The cheer the ones who sing it wrong, kingdom come

A child will lead us all home

The kingdom comes from far away
The kingdom has no place to stay
To all who open up the door, kingdom come

The kingdom’s coming to the poor
Sons and daughters of the Lord
And all that’s lost will be restored, kingdom come

The kingdom’s coming as a feast
The finest wine for all the least
We’ll taste the broken bread of peace, kingdom come

The kingdom’s coming slow and true
Till every inch has been made new
And it will ask your life of you, kingdom come

A child will lead us all home


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Black And White Photo Day 7

Seventh of seven days of black and white photos.

No explanations.

None needed.

No nominations.