January 1, 2008

Happy Holiday! Happy Holy-day! No, not New Year’s, but a far more significant and wonderful day, the commemoration of the The Circumcision and Name of Jesus. On the eighth day after the Christ child was born, Mary and Joseph had Him circumcised, which was also the occasion of his being given his official name (Luke 2:21). The former event is important because with His circumcision, Christ began to fulfill the Law of Moses on our behalf. The latter event is… Read more

December 31, 2007

So what do you do for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? The one ritual I have is to go over one or more of those month-by-month Year in Review stories, thinking about the year gone by, including thinking about the year gone by in my life. We never, ever go out on New Year’s Eve, but we do stay up until midnight. (When our kids were little, we let them stay up until the ball dropped on Times… Read more

December 31, 2007

This list of The 12 Most Powerful Christians in Hollywood — Beliefnet.com contains some surprises (Denzel Washington, Martin Sheen) and some interesting information (a movie version of “Paradise Lost” is in the works). HT: Anthony Sacramone Read more

December 27, 2007

We’ve been on the road for Christmas and will continue to be there until around New Year’s. Since it will be rather hard to keep up my blogging every day, I’ll leave you with some items to discuss until we meet again. Read more

December 27, 2007

So, what are your predictions for 2008? They can include matters political, social, artistic, religious, or whatever else you want to put forward. This time next year we will return to this post to see who was right, who was wrong, and who all were taken by surprise. Read more

December 27, 2007

According to Christianity Today the past year’s top ten religious stories were as follows: [Click the link if you want details about what these stories are about.] 1. Taliban takes Korean short-term mission team hostage, killing two. 2. Atheism tops the bestseller charts. 3. Presidential campaigns start early, with some faith surprises. 4. Ruth Graham dies. 5. Anglican Communion fractures over Scripture, homosexuality. 6. Three Christians tortured and killed in eastern Turkey. 7. Jerry Falwell and D. James Kennedy die…. Read more

December 24, 2007

This Christmas tide I offer you blogs from Christmas past. Just as TV goes into re-run mode with all of those Christmas specials that have become family traditions, so I will do with this blog, re-running Christmas posts that left an impression. I start with two contrarian posts that left many readers indignant. Then I move to a series that makes the case that Christianity was NOT derived from a pagan holiday and that December 25 just might be the… Read more

December 24, 2007

[This entry, from 2005, got a lot of people riled up who did not get what I was doing.] I love everything about Christmas, including its commercialization. First of all, it is very appropriate for non-Christians and secularists to observe this holiday. “At the name of Jesus, every knee should bow. . .and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:10-11). This will happen at Judgment, but it happens too in a lesser way at Christmastime. The practically-universal… Read more

December 24, 2007

[An old WORLD column] Santa Claus had his origins in St. Nicholas, the fourth-century bishop of Myra in present-day Turkey. Known for his generosity and his love of children, Nicholas is said to have saved a poor family’s daughters from slavery by tossing into their window enough gold for a rich dowry, a present that landed in some shoes or, in some accounts, stockings that were hung up to dry. Thus arose the custom of hanging up stockings for St…. Read more

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