Rural Fish Bowl
Pastor Dad needs to be just Dad.
cold. Holidays were always a little more interesting because of folks coming to visit. Every time my aunt came down from Kansas City, it was big news!
Pew: Fewer Christians Wish for a ‘Merry Christmas’ This Year
Surveys suggest concerns over any ‘war on Christmas’ would be better focused on religious literacy.
“I'm a good Christian. If I become president, we're gonna be saying 'Merry Christmas' at every store,” he told Iowa voters back in 2015. “You can leave 'Happy Holidays' at the corner.”.
Use Globalization for the Gospel
The four corners of the world are now in your neighborhood.
craving relationship because they have left so many behind. Welcome a college student from China into your home for meals on weekends and holidays.
How to Celebrate Christmas as a Cultural Minority
Christians abroad and Muslims at home helped me find the holy day in the holiday.
Holidays are a blend of culture, tradition, marketing, and consumerism—with sometimes a little religion thrown in. At least that's how it feels in the US.
How the Coming of the Son Brings Hope to the Fatherless
An overlooked prophecy points to the family togetherness we crave at Christmas.
I have no problem with churches that laud family togetherness during the holidays. We must give space for the holidays to be hard while comforting families with an embodied gospel.
Magi, Wise Men, or Kings? It’s Complicated.
Christian tradition finds meaning in each of these mysterious monikers.
Early Church; Middle Ages; Reformation; Early Modern; Modern. Magi, Wise Men, or Kings? It's Complicated. Christian tradition finds meaning in each of these mysterious monikers.
Easter Fool’s Day
The real divine “prank” is not the Resurrection.
a victory at his expense.). Were I to occupy a pulpit this year, I too would happily take advantage of this fortuitous convergence of holidays. But I'm not
How the Philippines Became Catholic
The complex history behind Asia's most Christian country.
In many cases, the Catholic pantheon of saints replaced local deities believed to be behind the agricultural cycle, though the holidays and festivals persisted—just under the banner of
‘Queen Esther Inspired Me to Speak Up,’ Says Nassar Victim
A biblical role model prompted Larissa Boyce to stand against her abuser. Her church supports her story.
Growing up, Boyce and her family attended a Reform synagogue and a nondenominational church, and she was accustomed to observing Jewish holidays.
The Only Bright Spot in American Giving
Research highlights radical giving of poor and unpaid labor of women.
This year during the holidays, while hundreds of thousands of American Christians will donate money and bags of canned food to local food banks, many will also volunteer their time in
This Christmas, I’m Defining Family by My Single Friends
Blood relatives are key to the holiday. But I share a deeper DNA with the body of Christ.
together. For us, it's more normal than not to have friends join us in our home for meals, celebrations, discussions, traditions, and especially holidays.
What the New Midlife Crisis Means for Christian Women
Middle-aged women contending with stress can find solace in this gospel message.
Middle-aged women contending with stress can find solace in this gospel message. Bronwyn Lea. Image: Pearl / Lightstock. 0; tweet; link; email; print. The holidays are upon us.
Patriotic Worship is Coming to a Church Near You
Pastors and churches mix patriotism and worship around July 4th.
the intent. However, as a pastor at churches I serve, we have not made a major practice of emphasizing patriotic holidays during worship services. We
Which Came First, Christmas or Consumerism?
Judith Flanders teases out the surprising mix of religious and secular elements in many beloved holiday customs.
Which Came First, Christmas or Consumerism? Judith Flanders teases out the surprising mix of religious and secular elements in many beloved holiday customs.