The Best Christmas Present I Have Ever Given

In an effort to resist the consumer orgy that is Christmas, Sandy and I agreed we would not buy each other gifts this year, but we’d make a donation to charity. But not buying gifts for each other didn’t means not giving gifts to each other. With the...

Peace on Earth

The Christmas story confounds my expectations of God. The angels in Luke’s Gospel bring news of peace, which will have been heard by his audience against the backdrop of a similar claim by the Roman empire. The Empire’s peace was in reality a subjugation,...

The True Story of Santa Claus

What do you tell your children when they finally ask, “Is Santa real?” We told ours the true story of Santa. The Santa Claus story begins around 200 CE, with a sailing ship caught in the grip of a terrible storm outside the Turkish port of Myra. As cargo...

Who Needs A Happy Christmas Anyway?

“Happy Christmas”. I’ve said it a thousand times. But I wonder if it’s a strange thing for a Christian to wish. The story I celebrate is filled with both joy and pain. Joy. For a Saviour is born. Pain. For his birth is met with the murder of Bethlehem’s infant boys,...

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