God Showed Up in Our Neighborhood

We've all gotten some terrible Christmas gifts-- gifts that don't reflect our personalities at all.A wonderful reflection this holiday season.  … [Read more...]

Joseph Bottum, Man of Letters, Pens New Carols for Christmas

Joseph Bottum is one of the nation's most widely published and influential essayists--in fact, earlier this year I reviewed his recent book An Anxious Age (spoiler:  I loved it).But did you know that he's also a composer?  Apparently,  Jody has been writing Christmas carols for several years.  In a recent column on "The Font" at Patheos, Bottum explained why he writes  Christmas songs: "...We need what we lack, here in late modernity—a living connection with the past, a density of referenc … [Read more...]

DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS! Lone Star State Protects Its Christian Heritage With the “Merry Christmas” Law

One afternoon in December 2012, Texas State Representative Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) picked up his first-grade son from school and asked him how his day went. "He told me," Rep. Bohac said, "that his class had decorated their holiday tree with holiday ornaments. When I asked what a holiday tree was, he told me it was the same as a Christmas tree. After inquiring with school officials as to why the term ‘Holiday Tree’ was being used, it became apparent that the school was fearful of liti … [Read more...]