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One Brother Wins Big On The Lottery, The Other Not So Much

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 03.07.2016 | Weird News

Two brothers who bought Powerball lottery tickets in Florida at the same time both won. But while James Stocklas, 67, scooped the $291 million jackpot...

Christmas Birth: As Challenging as Death

Stacy Alan | Posted 01.04.2016 | Religion
Stacy Alan

My family and I made our first journey to the Holy Land in 2015 and spent Christmas in Bethlehem, where, for Christians, it all began. Many picture Bethlehem as it is romantically depicted on Christmas cards: sweet, clean, calm. What I found, however, was different.

A Christmas Lesson

James Zogby | Posted 12.26.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

We should not allow the Christmas story to be stripped of its humanity or cleansed of its muck and grime. Its power is in its reality that should serve to focus our attention on our responsibility to see in the birth of Jesus: the faces of the outcasts for whom there is no room in the inn; the wretched of the earth for whom there is no comfort; and the frightened exiles who seek only safety and refuge. It is only when we do not avert our glance from these reminders that we can understand the story and spirit of Christmas.

This Christmas, Remember the Embattled Little Palestinian Town of Bethlehem

Alex Shams | Posted 12.24.2015 | Religion
Alex Shams

And let us stand us stand together with the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom, supporting the boycott of Israel until justice in the Holy Land is achieved.

One Night Long Ago in Bethlehem

Brian Caldirola | Posted 12.21.2015 | Comedy
Brian Caldirola

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Roman Empire Launches Surprise Assault in Bethlehem

Timothy Murphy | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

(Note: The following is a retelling of the Gospel of Matthew's Christmas story written as a news report from the perspective of the Roman Empire if it...

The First Christmas Eve

Allen Johnson Jr. | Posted 12.14.2015 | Fifty
Allen Johnson Jr.

As a songwriter and a storyteller, I suppose it was inevitable that someday I would tell the Christmas story in song. In other words . . . write a Chr...

Daesh/ISIS Is Not Israel's Problem -- For Now

Michael Winship | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

Despite the current violent unrest in Israel that is not yet a third intifada, I came away thinking that as hopeless as it too often seems, against all odds, there's still a solution to be had, still time for the sides to sit down at the table and make a deal. But not much.

Bethlehem Bible College Joins Ecumenical Gathering of Peace

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 09.24.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

The school has committed to both strengthening and reviving the Christian Church in the Holy Land. Historically, evangelicals in the region do not have the reputation of playing well with others. Thus, the ecumenical gathering on Saturday, September 19, was significant.

Palestine and the Santa Claus Effect (Part 2 of 4)

Steve Robertson | Posted 05.25.2016 | Politics
Steve Robertson

I grew into adulthood and under certain Republican and hawkish narratives.

The Miseducation of Solidarity

Aja Monet | Posted 05.19.2016 | Black Voices
Aja Monet

At a distance, solidarity seems to be this romantic gesture of unity: I see you in me, you see me in you. But what about when we cannot see each other?

Palestine and the Santa Claus Effect (Part 1 of 4)

Steve Robertson | Posted 05.15.2016 | Politics
Steve Robertson

I grew up in a Christian home. My father was a physicist and aerospace engineer and mother was a stay at home housewife. When I was little, much as I suspect is the case for most Christian children, I was told about Christmas and Santa Claus.

Open Bethlehem on Aflamnah: A Passport and the USA Campaign

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.17.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

In the last couple of days I've seen two headlines which make Leila Sansour's film-slash-human-rights-movement Open Bethlehem both perfect and important.

The Silent Cry of Bethlehem

James Zogby | Posted 02.26.2015 | World
James Zogby

Bethlehem has always loomed large in our imagination. For generations, the feelings evoked by this town have been captured in multiple art forms, serving to inspire both believers and non-believers with its message of hope and the joyful promise of new life.

The Shepherd from Bethlehem Speaks

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a shepherd? Most of the time you are bored out of your mind. I sit there and watch sheep day after day. I never wanted to be a shepherd.

Mary and Joseph

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.19.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Joseph and Mary remind us that Christmas is a genuine love story--the story of God's unwavering love for us and our love for him; the marvelous love of a wife and a husband and the joyous wonder of a first child.

Believers Pray To ‘Our Lady Of The Milk'

Religion News Service | Michelle Chabin | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (RNS) Dozens of photos of smiling babies accompanied by moving testimonials line the walls of Franciscan Brother Lawrence Bode’...

Happy Christmas from the Middle East

Canon Andrew White | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion
Canon Andrew White

Here in their refugee camp, the Christians with no Christmas like us in the West have placed a refugee tent for Jesus, and there in the camp is a tent for another person who was also a poor refugee who had nothing.

What Do Palestinians Want for Christmas

Anton Murra | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion
Anton Murra

Instead, the plight of the Palestinian Christian is very much connected to that of the Palestinian Muslim in that both experience injustices every day as a result of oppressive and discriminatory policies imposed on them by the Israeli Occupation.

Celebrating Christmas

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.12.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Actually, we will never know the exact birth date of Jesus. But that really doesn't make any difference, for we know that Jesus was a real person who is still alive and is a very real presence in our lives today. Let us focus on that as we prepare for a blessed Christmas celebration.

Israeli Settlements Squeeze Religious Tourism In Palestinian Areas, Officials Say

Reuters | Luke Baker | Posted 02.11.2015 | Religion

* Palestinians lament pressure on Bethlehem's tourism * Israeli settlements cutting off the city, they say * Expert esti...

Casinos Fail Old Industrial Towns

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business
Peter Van Buren

Only a generation ago, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania had a steel mill employing tens of thousands of people at good wages. The typical casino worker today in Bethlehem makes $10-12 an hour. Many are part-time.

The Pope And Peace In The Middle East: We Are All Francis Now

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 07.26.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Pope Francis has shown us a faithful, peaceful approach to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. All of us can follow his example. We are all Pope Francis now. It is up to all of us.

No One Remembers the Name of the Inn: A Christmas Eve Homily

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

When we tell and retell the most important stories of our life, we often find that every time we tell it, there are a few details that we can't leave ...

Christmas, Fact and Fiction

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Human beings are story-telling creatures. Stories help us to understand our world, to find our place in it and sometimes our purpose, too. So, the distinctions we draw between fact and fiction are rarely as absolute as we might wish them to be.