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My pastor is good at reminding us that the Holidays can be a difficult time. We look forward to time off work to relax and catch up with our families. But what if you have no family? What if you’ve recently lost a loved one? What if your family...

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I watched the “Nativity” movie with my family the other night. Afterwards I concluded: “Aside from some minor inaccuracies, the film wasn’t bad.” To which my clever daughter quipped:  “Well, the Book’s a lot better.” Similarly, I’d have to say that when I look around at most of the modern...
Amidst the hectic nature of the Christmas season, squeezed within the crowds of our shopping malls, and frantically moving from one get-together to the next, we need to remember one essential Christmas truth: Immanuel. I’m not talking about loosening up your Christmas schedule. I’m not asking you to forego your...
On a recent trip to Disneyland (thanks to the generosity of my parents), we watched the “holiday” version of Disney’s World of Color in California Adventure. If you’ve never seen World of Color, it’s impressive. For half an hour, jets of water shoot across the lake in California Adventure,...
Santa Claus has been with us for many generations, but still there are those who deny his existence. More than 100 years ago, sweet little Virginia O’Hanlon, eight years old at the time, encountered some of these nonbelievers, which prompted her to write these famous words to the editor...
A couple weeks before Thanksgiving, Sufjan Stevens released the latest installment in his Christmas music dynasty. Many, many, many musicians create Christmas music. But no one does it like Sufjan. For most people, Christmas music means Mariah Carey, Chris Tomlin, or the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. But Sufjan has a small army...
Leading up to Halloween, we posted a series that represented the views of a few of our faculty members on whether or not Christians should participate in Trick-or-Treating. It was a great experience for us, and we got a good response from our readers. So we're going to try it...
I attended a worship service at Disneyland last night. I’m not even exaggerating. My wife and I held our girls as we stood packed in tight amongst thousands of strangers in Town Square. Suddenly, a church organ began to play and a processional of choir singers, dressed in traditional...
We’ve all heard the saying, and most of us have probably said it ourselves. Jesus is the reason for the season. But is it true? You’ve probably heard vague statements about the pagan origins of Christmas. My guess is that Christian responses to these claims cover the following spectrum: “That’s not...
As we approach this Christmas season, we're gathering our Christmas spirit and preparing a handful of Christmas posts. We had some great posts last year as well, and since we have picked up a lot of readers since last year, I thought it would be nice to share last year's...
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