Opinion | Discipleship
4 Reasons to Believe in the Christmas Miracle
Why the supernatural events of this season are both credible and incredible.
Opinion | Discipleship. 4 Reasons to Believe in the Christmas Miracle. Why supernatural. When we stop to think about it, Christmas stretches our credulity.
Opinion | Church
The Case for an Early Christmas
Christian history gives us reason to see Advent and Christmas as coexistent, not separate.
The Case for an Early Christmas. Christian history gives us reason to see Advent and Christmas as coexistent, not separate. “Advent is a season, too, distinct from Christmas,” we crow.
Opinion | Discipleship
The Incarnation Is the Rule, Not the Exception
How a theology of the ordinary informs Advent.
How a theology of the ordinary informs Advent.
Opinion | Discipleship
How to Celebrate Christmas as a Cultural Minority
Christians abroad and Muslims at home helped me find the holy day in the holiday.
Opinion | Discipleship. How to Celebrate Christmas as a Cultural Minority. Christians We sang Christmas songs by candlelight and ate enchiladas. Even
Opinion | Family
Minimalism Isn’t the Key to Christmas
We need more than anti-consumerism for a healthy Christian holiday.
Opinion | Family. Minimalism Isn't the Key to Christmas. We iStock. Three years ago, my husband and I decided that we would no longer travel for Christmas.
Opinion | Family
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.
Opinion | Family. 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.
Opinion | Pop Culture
Charles Dickens Still Haunts Christmas
How a 19th-century story informs the modern holiday spirit.
Charles Dickens Still Haunts Christmas. In the winter of 1843, the author struck on the idea of a Christmas ghost story that would be released in time for the holiday.
Opinion | Discipleship
Move Over, Sex and Drugs. Ease Is the New Vice.
Do modern amenities make it tough for us to embody God’s love?
My aging mother is growing forgetful, repeating tired stories over the phone when I'm under a deadline. She will expect we come again at Christmas.
Opinion | Discipleship
Bonhoeffer: Advent Is Like a Prison Cell
In the midst of Nazi resistance, this Christian martyr offered three models for the season of waiting.
In these sermons, Bonhoeffer sees the season before Christmas as a sharpened liturgical expression of the tension that informs our entire lives as Christians.
Opinion | Family
10 Books You Should Read to Your Kids This Christmas
I celebrate the season by reading stories to my kids. Here are our favorites.
10 Books You Should Read to Your Kids This Christmas. I celebrate the season by reading stories to my kids. The Christmas Day Kitten. by James Herriot (illustrated by Ruth Brown).
Opinion | Discipleship
This Christmas, Remember the Refugees
The Nativity scene would be empty without Jews, Arabs, Africans, and displaced people. Here's what that means for your holiday.
Opinion | Discipleship. This Christmas, Remember the Refugees. The mutual. I saw the Kassab family a few days ago and brought the kids a few Christmas gifts.
Why Millions Watched this Church Christmas Video
The underage narrators get the story right. Almost.
Reporting. Why Millions Watched this Church Christmas Video. The underage narrators get the story right. Almost. Kate Shellnutt. Image: Southland Christian Church.
Opinion | Pop Culture
21 Books Worth Giving as Christmas Gifts
Holiday book list: CT Women writers recommend their favorites.
Opinion | Pop Culture. 21 Books Worth Giving as Christmas Gifts. In anticipation of Christmas, we asked CT Women writers to report on the one book they'd recommend as a gift.
Opinion | Discipleship
Why Apocalypse Is Essential to Advent
This season demands a clear view of darkness. Here’s how scholars reckon with it.
This season demands a clear view of darkness. Here's how scholars reckon with it.
Opinion | Discipleship
What Advent Waiting Means for Singles
In the midst of relational uncertainty, this season invites me to savor God’s goodness.
In the midst of relational uncertainty, this season invites me to savor God's goodness.
Opinion | Discipleship
Why Advent Is More Jewish Than You Think
As a Messianic Jew, I see the rich origins of this liturgical season.
As a Jew, I'd grown up celebrating Hanukkah. My parents emphasized that Christmas and Easter were Gentile holidays, and as a result, I never paid much attention to them.
Opinion | Pop Culture
Hallmark Christmas Movies: ‘Guilty Pleasure’ No MoreSubscriber access only
The good-hearted holiday films prove more popular—and more lovable— than we assume.
Opinion | Pop Culture. Hallmark Christmas Movies: 'Guilty Pleasure' No More. The good Last year, from Halloween to Christmas, Hallmark was the No. 1 channel
Opinion | Church
Let Christmas Be ComplicatedSubscriber access only
We often overlook the tragic backdrop to Jesus' birth.
Opinion | Church. Let Christmas Be Complicated. We often overlook the tragic backdrop to Jesus' birth. Mandy Rodgers-Gates, guest writer. Image: Boston Catholic / Flickr.
Opinion | Discipleship
The Blessing of Missing ChristmasSubscriber access only
In my Jewish home, my lonely celebrations as a teen changed how I view the holiday.
Opinion | Discipleship. The Blessing of Missing Christmas. Michelle Van Loon. Image: Jessy Rone / Flickr. When I was a kid, I knew Christmas as the other December celebration.
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When Merry Christmas Doesn't Come EasySubscriber access only
In Christ, we get to celebrate even in our sorrow.
Opinion | Discipleship. When Merry Christmas Doesn't Come Easy. In Christ, we get to celebrate even in our sorrow. I loved fall. And I felt ready for Christmas. I really did.
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