A Dinosaur and Baby Jesus Dec27

A Dinosaur and Baby ...

This year, my wife and I had the pleasure of participating in the Christmas Eve services for the first time at our new church in Berkeley.  We were originally planning on attending just one service, until one the pastors asked me if I was willing to be crowd control for the Family Service. I...

Let Christmas Contin...

It’s been 27 days since most American’s have begun the bell curve that is participation in Christmastide, and the participation in Advent, for those who chose to devotionally and/or liturgically relive the anticipation of the coming of Messiah. Yet now, the gift wrap is all torn...

Ten Reasons Why I HATE Santa and You Should Too Dec25

Ten Reasons Why I HA...

About the author: Lindsey has a BA in Sociology from Cedarville University and a MA in Education (math) from the University of Colorado.  After having taught 5th grade for four years, she currently stays at home and spends her days wrangling three toddlers while anxiously waiting for the...

Christmas Eve Beyond Christmas Dec24

Christmas Eve Beyond...

I think it has somewhat become a habit if not a tradition for me around this time of year to check on the Internet to make sure I remember correctly that ‘the Twelve Days of Christmas’ refer to the 12 days starting from the actual Christmas day until Epiphany — normally after getting...

The Shameful Compa...

In studying the theology of shame throughout the Bible, I’ve been noticing how Jesus came into the world in the midst of shameful company. Since the New Testament culture was a collectivist culture, where honor and status were highly regarded, honor and shame were essential parts of the...

The Original Christm...

Recently, I saw a video of a flash mob that I thought you all should check out (if you haven’t already). I first saw it at a church service a few Sundays ago. Check it out: As I was watching this video initially I thought about how random it would be to experience one of these epic...

Experiments in Advent Dec11

Experiments in Adven...

On Sunday we lit the second Advent candle in church, which means I’ve been observing Advent for the first time as an adult for about a week and a half. I’m pretty sure you need to practice this tradition for years to be able to really sink down into the season and begin to glimpse the...

Good Grief, It’s Christmas Charlie Brown! Dec09

Good Grief, It’...

As Christmas quickly approaches, I don’t feel ready for the holiday season. While many people enjoy the holiday cheer and the magic of the Christmas season, I sometimes resonate with Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas, not enjoying the Christmas season because the true Christmas...

On the Incarnation i...

I am notorious for listening to Christmas music at any time of year.  This produces a gamut of responses from utter disparaging of the thought to confessions of similar behavior.  My reason is never an attempt to sustain the festivities long past their due.  Rather, I am deeply and...

The Real War on Christmas Dec24

The Real War on Chri...

We’ve all heard it before—Bill O’Reilley’s rants over the “War on Christmas”. Bill doesn’t like when people call Christmas trees, “Holiday Trees”. He thinks gender-neutral toy commercials offend the little baby Jesus, and don’t even think about taking the “Christ” out...

Doubting Wisely

With the recent tragedy in Connecticut there is reason to doubt. Last friday I was driving in my car listening to talk radio. The entire show was dedicated to the day’s horrific events. At one point the host started to explain that although he is not religious, he is...