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Birth of Jesus

A Different Sort of "Silent Night"

James D. Tabor | Posted 12.23.2016 | Religion
James D. Tabor

December 25th as the date of the birth of Jesus can be traced back to the early 3rd century CE although it did not achieve more universal recognition ...

Topless Mermaids Have Nothing To Do With Jesus

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 11.11.2016 | Religion
Elizabeth Barnett

Christ hasn't been in Christmas for a long time. Most of what we know today as Christmas has nothing to do with Jesus. So when Starbucks decided to alter their holiday cup, it really was not a surprise to me at all.

Parents: Next Year, Keep Christmas in Christmas Cards

Laura Stepp | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion
Laura Stepp

Like lots of us, my friend has watched Christmas become less a time to remember one particular child who, born into poverty in an arid land, grew up to become a significant prophet known worldwide, and more an opportunity to brag about the very small neighborhood of our gorgeous, accomplished children, grandchildren, and floppy-eared spaniels (or whatever).

Join Mary, Joseph And The Angels On A Pilgrimage To Jesus' Birth

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion

On Christmas, the stage is set for one of the most beloved stories in history: The birth of Jesus. "Christ is born in Bethlehem," the hymn proclai...

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.

The Manly Side of Christmas

Carolyn Custis James | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Carolyn Custis James

I've never heard anyone point to Joseph as an icon of biblical manhood. If the Gospel according to Matthew were packaged like People magazine, Joseph of Nazareth's face would grace the cover, for Joseph is the lead story in Matthew's Gospel -- and not for chiseled abs.

Christmas: What Would Jesus Do?

James D. Tabor | Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion
James D. Tabor

How does one separate the Christ of Christian faith and tradition from the Jesus of history? Is there any evidence that Jesus as a Jew in his own time would have endorsed the later theological affirmations of Christianity, such as those found in the Apostles Creed?

Christian Advent Begins as a Daily Practice of Hope

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Advent is a four-week season leading into the Christian celebration of the nativity of Jesus Christ, in whom Christians believe God to have taken huma...

The Power of Love (Luke 13: 10-17)

Paul Lutter | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Paul Lutter

Sociologists are quick to point out that in situations where the oppressed are set free, it is often the case that those who were oppressed turn into oppressors. Yet this is not the kind of love that Jesus, or his community, exercises.

The Radical Vulnerability Of God

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Each year, within every cycle of time, it comes round again: the radical vulnerability of God, willingly chosen out of desire for intimacy with a complicated, hard-headed and desperately tender world.

The Story Of Christmas Reminds Us To Believe In Each Other

Matt Litton | Posted 02.24.2013 | Religion
Matt Litton

It is fitting to remember this Christmas that God's greatest love story began with two people (a lot like you and me) who chose to set aside their reputations, their future, possibly even their own safety -- and simply trust in each other.

LOOK: Christmas Around The World

Posted 12.26.2012 | Religion

From Myanmar to Lithuania, and Jerusalem to Vatican City, the faithful gathered today in churches around the world to celebrate the birth of Jesus Chr...

Somber, Prayerful Christmas In Newtown

Reuters | Posted 02.24.2013 | Religion

* Smiles return for some; others not in the holiday mood * "Doesn't feel like Christmas," woman says * Priest sees reaso...

The Challenge Of The Manger In Bethlehem

Tobias Roberts | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Tobias Roberts

Advent should be the season for us to reflect, not just on the tenderness of the manger scene, but of what that scene represents below the surface. It should push us to understand that God became incarnate in the world of the poor and oppressed and shared intimately in that reality.

Anger In The Service Of Justice: Following Jesus' Example

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Jesus showed us that there are times when we must stand up and express truth to power in constructive, meaningful, unyielding ways despite the possible consequences. Just as God is righteously angered over oppression and injustice, so should we be.

Christmas Has Only Just Begun

Daniel P. Horan, OFM | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Daniel P. Horan, OFM

Whereas in Christmases of the past, the day came and went amid gift giving, caroling and holiday parties, each rushed to be included before December's end, perhaps this year might be the occasion to slow down and ponder that which stands in the background of this hectic time of year.

Toward A Purpose Driven Christmas

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

The danger of the Christmas story is that it is so familiar that we can lose the amazing impact of its glorious message in the frenzy that surrounds the event.

Why (And How) Should Muslim Americans 'Celebrate' Christmas?

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

Muslims Americans: Go be a part of the joy of the season. But as you send your children to embrace the garbage collectors and adopt neglected families, remind them that we don't celebrate Christmas seeking worldly gain or social acceptance.

Christmas Eve: The Misnomer Of An Overcrowded Inn

Brian C. Stiller | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Brian C. Stiller

Memories embedded with romantic pictures of Jesus' birth are quite impossible to rewrite. Retold by Christmas pageants, reminded by carols and pictures replenish what we think happened at Jesus' birth. The overall narrative has it right, but the core assumption is so wrong as to miss an essential part of the story.

The True Gift of Christmas

Father Alberto Cutié | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Father Alberto Cutié

Christmas is the yearly celebration of the birth of Jesus, but it is truly a gift that we must experience each day. Christmas is a present, not a past.

After Newtown, A Different Kind Of Christmas

Antonios Kireopoulos | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Antonios Kireopoulos

After the killing of 20 children and those entrusted with their care in Newtown just 11 days before the holiday, how can the yearly celebration of the birth of another child in Bethlehem not be any different?

The Innocents: Luke 1:26-38

Rev. Scott Black Johnston, Ph.D. | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion
Rev. Scott Black Johnston, Ph.D.

As disciples of Jesus, we promise to look after the little lambs. How can we fulfill our promises if we do not stand against the powers and principalities that perpetuate this culture of violence?

Christmas For Mystics

Marianne Williamson | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Marianne Williamson

According to the mystical tradition, Christ is born into the world through each of us. As we open our hearts, he is born into the world. As we choose to forgive, he is born into the world. As we rise to the occasion, he is born into the world.

Christmas Is Weird!

Alan Jones | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Alan Jones

We're so used to it. The religious observers take it for granted and the Winter Solstice crowd keep dreaming of a White one. But for the struggling believer, the challenge is to recover the shock of it all.

The War On Advent

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 02.10.2013 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

Ancient Christian saints, theologians and evangelists would be horrified that those who claim to stand for tradition have forgotten the most important aspect of it. Jesus Christ was not born that human beings would spend December shopping or saying, "Merry Christmas."