Gifts Not Chains: Epiphany Wisdom for Foreign Aid (Matthew 2:1-12)

The turn of each calendar year is often filled with an influx of charitable giving, much of which intends to assist those far beyond the borders of the United States. As rigorous debates surround the ethics and oversight of such foreign assistance endeavors, one of the more innovative contributions to this important conversation was produced [Read More…]

Christmas as a Season: Sybil MacBeth’s “The Season of Nativity” and a Holiday Revolution

“The whole Nativity Season deserves to be relished.” ~Sybil MacBeth There is perhaps no holiday for which it is possible to go more “all out” than Christmas. Stores start their marketing campaigns before the calendar has turned to Fall; Christmas trees go up before Thanksgiving dinners have even been digested (or earlier!); yards quickly fill [Read More…]

Five Ways to Experience an Extreme Advent

By Sybil MacBeth Author, The Season of the Nativity: Confessions of an Advent, Christmas and Epiphany Extremist I cannot remember exactly when it happened, but I think it was in a large high-end mall in Cleveland, Ohio. Decked in a spectacular array of shiny foil, colorful ornaments, and thousands of lights, the mall was filled [Read More…]


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