While Iranian leaders tweet their cheery Christmas blessings to the world, Christians within the Islamic Republic face persecution for their beliefs, especially during the Christmas season.
A new poll by Pew Research, just in time for Christmas, shows 73 percent of Americans believe in Jesus’ virgin birth by His mother Mary. Even 32 percent of the self-professed religiously unaffiliated said they believe. White evangelicals were the most believing (97%), followed by black Protestants (94%), white Catholics (88%), Hispanic Catholics (81%) and Mainline Protestants (70%). By comparison, other polls show about one third of the British people profess belief in the Virgin Birth.
Christmas, Hanukkah… HumanLight? Learn about the December Humanist holiday, celebrating “the positive, secular values of reason, compassion, humanity and hope for a better future.”
The war on Christmas (and on Christianity by extension) here at home is less than a shadow of what our Christians brothers and sisters around the world are facing. And at Christmas, it is good for us to remember in addition to all of their other suffering, many are forbidden from celebrating publicly the birth of Jesus.
Perhaps we associate the film with Christmas because after we have completely stripped the other 364 days in the year of any religious meaning we find ourselves without any reason to sing, and we can’t begin to fathom why someone on a lonely hillside would suddenly burst into song.
Today we commemorate St. Nicholas of Myra, whose resume boasts enough miracles for him to be called the “Wonderworker” in some parts of Christendom. Even before he became the Coca-Cola chugging world-traveler and reindeer master, he was known for his compassion for children and his sacrificial generosity. According to one story, he saved three daughters […]
By John Lomperis (@JohnLomperis) As we are spending time with family and loved ones for the break celebrating of the birth of the Christ child, it is worth passing on some good reminders from some of our United Methodist bishops about the true reason for the season. While I do not intend to offer any […]
By Faith McDonnell Christmas Bells And in despair, I bowed my head. “There is no peace on earth,” I said, “For hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men.” Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: “God is not dead; nor doth he sleep! The wrong shall […]
By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) Complaints about Christmas commercialization get tiresome. Barrett Duke of the Southern Baptist D.C. office responds in a recent column with a robust defense of America’s holiday, for all its faults. Christmas helps to employ millions of people, in America and globally, about which upper crust critics of commercialization often forget or […]