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The great dynasties of history include the royal houses of Europe and the Far East, as well as the championship dynasties of American sports. There's only one dynasty that lasts forever, however, and that's the one we celebrate on this last Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve.
For material based on today's gospel text, see "The Knockoff Jesus," December 21, 2008, at HomileticsOnline.com.
When you think of the word "dynasty," what comes to mind?
Some might think of the cheesy prime-time soap opera "Dynasty" from the 1980s, in which the Carrington family fought and manipulated their way to wealth and power. Others might think of the long dynasties of the kingdoms of the Far East (China's Han, Tang, Ming and Qing dynasties, for example). Some may mention the great European dynasties, such as the Habsburg and Plantagenet, or, in England alone, the Lancaster, York, Stuart, Tudor and Windsor. And then there's the world's longest royal dynasty, the House of Dulo, which...