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Christmas' familiar rituals can lead us into unexpected paths of following Jesus, if we'll let go, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

The real work of the Christmas season – inspiring the world to take action about the crises that face us – begins once all the decorations have been put away, writes the Rev. Chuck Currie. Read more

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An Advent poem from Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

Practicing Faith

Much as we enjoy our communal festivities, the best place to celebrate Christmas is among the people to whom Jesus came – including the migrants and refugees so feared by some today, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Tongue firmly in cheek, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant gives a stripped-down version of the Christmas story. Read more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant is really ready for Advent to begin. Read more

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In her annual advice column, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas counsels how to survive the hectic holiday season with body and soul intact. Read more

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In the silence, we’re left to ponder a God who has become a person, a God with no crib, a God surrounded by animals, and a God who made himself so vulnerable he died, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

Practicing Faith

The First War on Christmas, with a real battle scene and everything, ends with a decision on Jesus' nature, writes the Rev. Charlie Baber. Read more

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Mary's words reveals that the entrance of the Savior into the world is a subversive act on the part of God, initiating a social revolution against unjust rule, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

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This Christmas is one of most sorrowful, most defiant and most hopeful of all the holidays she can remember, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Still No Room

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Nativity scenes that distract us from the harsh realities of Jesus' birth – still felt by too many today – ought to be done away with, asserts the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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In the second part of his holiday treatise, Charlie Baber finds Arius still arguing neo-Platonic ideas about Jesus, while Athanasius swings in with a godly rebuttal. Read more

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Christmas Nativity in the Night

Pew Research Center

New studies from the Pew Research Center document Americans' declining beliefs on the religious aspects of Christmas. Read more

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Confronted by a complaint about her church's annual Santa Breakfast for the community, the Rev. Jen Stuart finds herself overwhelmed to the point of tears at the complexity of human emotion during the season. Read more

Beware the simple slogans of Christmas' "reason," because God doesn't need a reason, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Santa and Baby Jesus

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What matters most about the approaching Nativity is what we do when we leave the manger, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Think the so-called "war on Christmas" is a new thing? Think again, say the Wesley Bros, who dramatize the first such dispute over Christmas among church fathers. Read more

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The annual Santa/God confusion is at its worst when it turns a holy God into a punitive, spooky, nosy predator, cruelly punishing anyone who gets out of line, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

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Charles Wesley wrote the original version, but it's George Whitefield's remix that has come down to us through generations, writes Charlie Baber. Read more

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