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Did the Shepherds Laugh?

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 02.25.2015 | Good News
Elaine Ambrose

As the family gathered to feast and celebrate this Christmas, my 7-year-old granddaughter carefully moved every animal and character until she was satisfied with the scene. Then she asked a serious question."Did the shepherds laugh?"

Bethlehem Is Not The Idyllic Nativity Village It Once Was

AP | TIA GOLDENBERG | Posted 12.25.2014 | Religion

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — It's Christmas season and the little town of Bethlehem is jammed with a big-city problem: Traffic snarling streets every...

The Gift Within the Gift

Sue Shanahan | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Sue Shanahan

Before the birth of Christ, the world muddled along in darkness. Humanity didn't have the awareness or power to live any other way.

Can You Question The Virgin Birth And Still Be A Christian?

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion

(RNS) It’s a tough sell: A young, unmarried teenager gets pregnant, but the father isn’t a man but God himself. And the girl is a virgin — and (...

"Let Jesus Show!" A Christmas Sermon on Luke 2:1-20

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

The beloved author Frederick Buechner tells the story about a Christmas pageant a friend of his took part in as the rector of an Episcopal church. Buechner writes:

Millet's Calf, a Newborn Jesus, God of Earth

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Maybe it's the way the light falls, illuminating the bed of straw like some upside-down and disheveled halo, all gold and shimmery, on which the baby lies - a baby cow, in this case.

Ding Dong Merrily: The Ridiculous Theology of Christmas Carols

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

This year, I've found myself focusing on the words of the songs rather than getting caught up in the emotion of them, and I can't believe what I've been singing all these years.

Shepherd's Field -- Peace on Whom His Favor Rests

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

One Sunday morning last spring I sat in that field. Sunday -- a day of Sabbath and rest and time set aside to meet in fellowship and community with the body of Christ and with our Creator. It is such an incredible privilege to work and spend time in that holy place.

Daily Meditation: The Nativity

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.22.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

A Look At The Tiny, Magical Depictions Of Jesus' Birth

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.21.2014 | Religion

Mary, Joseph and a host of shepherds and magi gather around the infant Jesus where he lies in a manger. They are figures in a critical moment of relig...

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’...

Daily Meditation: Journey Of The Magi

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

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...

Lawmaker Plans Statehouse Nativity: 'I Cannot Stand By And Allow Satan To Win'

The Huffington Post | Kate | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

Michigan lawmaker Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) has a plan to save Christmas in the capital after a Satanist group's so-called attempt to "hijack" the ho...

The Definitive Top Ten Renditions of 'O Holy Night'

Joseph Peterson | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion
Joseph Peterson

Without any further ado, here are the top ten truly iconic performances of "O Holy Night"; the quintessential, non-debatable, empirical, de facto and authoritative list, according to me.

73 Percent Of Americans Believe Jesus Was Born To A Virgin

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion

A full 65 percent of American adults believe in the four of primary elements of the Christmas story -- the virgin birth, an angel announcing the birth...

1,039-Person Nativity Scene Reportedly Breaks World Record

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion

A full 1,039 people, as well as a camel and several sheep, took part in a massive nativity scene filmed in Provo, Utah on Dec. 1 that reportedly broke...

Welcome Home! Amidst Torture and 'Man's Inhumanity to Man'

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

Advent reminds us we once welcomed Jesus home to earth, and it didn't go so well. Humanity messed up. We're still messing up. To become human is to risk two things: to risk being inhumane to others, or to risk being treated inhumanely.

LOOK: Pope Francis Takes Shepherd Role Very Seriously

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis melted hearts when he snuggled up with a baby lamb at a living nativity scene on January 6, 2014, during the holiday of Epiphany. The ado...

Why A Bleeding Trayvon Martin Is In This Nativity Display

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Trayvon Martin hasn't been forgotten at Claremont United Methodist Church in Claremont, Cali.-- in fact, he appears front and center in their Nativity...

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 02.25.2014 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

The celebration of the Birth of Christ needs to be about more than the gifts we share with one another. It needs to be about the gift that was shared with all of us.

The Quiet Heroism Of Joseph

Salt Lake Tribune | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Imagine being Joseph, the husband of Mary and stepdad to baby Jesus. Your fiancée is pregnant and not by you. Her baby is adored by many, wh...

Nativity Scenes At Guantanamo Bay Spark Protests

AP | BEN FOX | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — Some troops at Guantanamo Bay want the U.S. Navy to remove nativity scenes and Christmas decorations from two...

Cleanin' Up Christmas

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

We are meticulous in repainting the picture to make it look presentable to the world. How useful could someone who has been rejected, broken, and born into a manger really be?

The Birth Of Jesus According To Reza Aslan

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Reza Aslan, a Biblical scholar and author of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," spoke to The Huffington Post to give a historical pers...