The Other Side of Christmas
It took courage for God to lay aside power and glory and to take his place among human beings.
On a memorable London night, the bright and glistening theology of Messiah broke through my jet-lagged consciousness.
The year we had no tree, Mother planted within me a seed of discontent with all cultural displays of religion.
- Christmas Epiphanies from the Ruins of UkraineAs Putin professes a ceasefire over the Orthodox holiday and a famous Kyiv monastery cathedral changes hands, evangelical seminarians relate the toll of ten months of war.
- In Britain, There’s More to the Day After Christmas than Boxing Day SalesChurches observing St. Stephen’s Day retain the charitable roots of December 26.
- ‘Carol of the Bells’ Is More Than a Christmas Favorite. It’s a Ukrainian Cry of Independence.Composed during World War I, “Shchedryk” folk song has survived the Nazi, communist, and now commercial eras to remind and revive the ties of hearth and home.
- Christmas Is a Happy Day for Broken HeartsBecause of Jesus, we are not like those who grieve without hope this holiday season.español
- Jesus Was a Brown BabyThis children’s Christmas book paints baby Jesus in a new (or rather ancient) light.
- Christmas Is a Myth (The Good Kind)How the fact of the Incarnation fulfills the hopes of every culture.
- Our Lady of Everywhere5 questions about the global icon of Mary you see every Christmas.
- Remember the Murdered Babies of Bethlehem at ChristmasHerod’s massacre of the innocents in Matthew 2 challenges us to participate in the “groans” of God’s world.PortuguêsFrançais
- Ukraine Celebrates Christmas Twice. Now Its Orthodox Christians Can Too.Breaking with tradition, local leaders grant permission to move celebrations from January 7 to December 25, continuing separation from Russia.русскийУкраїнська
- Muslims Love Russian Christmas. So Do Eurasia’s Evangelicals.Christian communities in former Soviet Union nations reap the benefits of still-secularized holiday, winning recognition and opportunities for the gospel.