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Christmas and Hanukkah to Merge!

If airlines, computer makers and telecom companies are doing it, why not religions? Christmas and Hanukkah to Merge!


They Tried to Outlaw Christmas

It appears that in 2017 there are some who think that there is a “war on Christmas.” Donald Trump has taken up the battle cry, loudly wishing folks a “Merry Christmas,” not out of a particular piety, but in mock defiance of those he seems to feel are waging an unholy battle against one of Christianity’s most important and popular holidays.  Not to worry, Christmas thrives not only as a deeply religious holiday, but as a secular extravaganza.

Ironically, there was a day and time when some people in the US did try to outlaw the popular holiday.  Ironically, this actual “war on Christmas” was waged, not by enemies of Christianity, but by its strongest advocates.   Read about it here.


Christmas is Wonderful, but is it Real?

The message of Christmas is comforting, but when one considers the persistence of warfare and other human ills, is it’s promise of peace on earth truly to be believed? Read more ….

More about Christmas


The date and meaning of Advent

What is Advent and when does it begin?

Advent is the season before Christmas and the beginning of a new ecclesiastical year.  In Western Christendom, four Sundays are included. In Eastern Christendom, the season is longer and begins in the middle of November. In 2017, Advent begins on December 3rd for Protestants and most Catholics.  For Easterm Orthodox Christians, Advent begins  on November 15 or 40 days before Christmas.

At Heaven’s Gate
The challenge is not how to be happy when things are going well, but rather, how to thrive in the face of adversity. This question, the season of Advent, powerfully addresses, making its message totally relevant for the living of these days. Read more.

For the full Christian calendar and more about the holidays of Christianity


An Artist’s Christmas

The Christmas Story: As seen through the eyes of artist, Albrecht Durer, and we ourselves.


Thanksgiving: Mirror Unto the Soul

Thanksgiving: Mirror Unto The Soul of a Nation
“A nation divided cannot stand,” said Abraham Lincoln, paraphrasing Scripture. But with a bit of luck, some ordinary patience and understanding, and a touch of grace, it can. Here’s how.

Prayers For Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving Prayers

Thanksgiving is not about turkey.  While families will certainly gather for meals of many types in an increasingly diverse USA, this holiday is primarily about giving thanks to God, not only for the blessings of life, but for life itself.  Here is a list of the most popular prayers of and for Thanksgiving.


Thanksgiving Cook Books

When considering how to celebrate the holiday, in addition to the prayers and thoughts suggested earlier, you may also appreciate some help in preparing the food!  We’d be remiss in not suggesting some resources to help you prepare a delicious Thanksgiving meal.


Picking Up Where Luther Let Us Down

Picking Up Where Luther Let Us Down
This year, Christians around the world are celebrating the events that unfolded in 16th Century Europe, now known as the Reformation. Martin Luther is its central protagonist. His example offers some hard lessons for 21st century rulers and reformers in both church and state.


Top Ten Verses of the Bible

Given sufficient time to study just ten passages from the Bible, these are the passages I would select. Among these are some of the most memorable and most popular, but mere popularity is not the main reason for selecting these. Here, then, is my “best of the Bible” list, and why I selected each passage. Here follows the list in chronological order. Read more …