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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 […]


The Face of Jesus

The Face and the Figure of Jesus With the possible exception of the cross, the figure of Jesus is the central symbol of Christianity. This, despite the fact that no one knows what Jesus looked like. Contemplating this symbol can not only deepen your appreciation of Christianity, it can be a central part in the […]


The Jesus Picture Gallery

The Gallery Tour Whatever the skeptics and secularists have to say about it, Jesus is alive and well within popular culture. Magazines, radio, television, newspapers, billboards, roadside signs … and especially the Internet … are filled with images to satisfy the curiosity of the faithful. Pictures of Jesus proliferate and we have collected hundreds of […]


Christian Weight Loss? Fact or Fantasy?

Can A Spiritual or Christian Weight Loss Program Come to the Rescue? The Christian weight loss movement is booming, but can spiritually oriented weight loss programs actually help? We survey the field, recommend the the best book on the topic, and offer our own weight loss plan. Cut to the chase: The Spirit Diet Best […]


Easter Blend

Last Christmas, some Christians were outraged when Starbucks removed reindeer and ornaments from its holiday coffee cups.  They accused the coffee giant of launching a new front on the “war on Christmas.”  We noticed, however, that unlike other businesses, the company did call its seasonal coffee, “Christmas Blend,” not shying away from the religious terminology. The […]


The Most Popular Picture of Jesus

Warner Sallman’s “Head of Christ” is the most popular image of Jesus ever made. It is an icon of American culture. It also raises a host of questions about Christianity, the historical Jesus, and the faith of those who identify with this painting.  Check it out now.


Bethlehem Surrounded

Bethlehem Surrounded The first thing any visitor notices when visiting Bethlehem today is the wall completely separating it from Israel … providing security for Israelis to be sure, but for its Muslim and Christian inhabitants, turning a home into what is in many respects, a prison.


When Nice Won’t Suffice

When Nice Won’t Suffice When “Have a Nice Day!” doesn’t cut it … deeper resources may be required. Check out our latest sermons.


Who is Jesus Christ?

Son of God? Messiah? Prophet? Teacher? What? Calling Jesus the “Son of God” is understood to be the distinguishing affirmation of Christianity. Yet within the wider family of faith there is a range of opinion about what this title actually means. There is sharp disagreement over the indentity of Jesus. In search of the answers, […]


The Lengths and the Limits of Love

Is Christ’s love ethic relevant in a time of war? Given that love is as much a part of the problem as a solution, I question the famous line from the love song: “All the world needs now is love, sweet love.”  Read more …..