Christmas is really for the children by Steve Turner

Christmas is really for the children Christmas is really for the children. Especially for children who like animals, stables, stars and babies wrapped in swaddling clothes. Then there are wise men, kings in fine robes, humble shepherds and a hint of rich perfume. Easter is not really for the children unless accompanied by a creamContinue reading “Christmas is really for the children by Steve Turner”

Who owns December 25th?

I find myself bemused by the customary Pagan-Christian chatter over Solstice versus Christmas. “We were here first!”, say the Pagan’s. We had the last laugh!”, say some Christians. “You’re both Pagans!”, say other Christians. Oh, my! I need a Panadol. I have to admit, I always find it incredibly ironic to witness Wiccans complaining aboutContinue reading “Who owns December 25th?”

Contextualizing Christianity at Christmas

Commenting on pro vs anti Christmas debates amongst Christians, Christopher Van Huss observed: “Christmas, or the celebration of it, has become a part of our culture, good or bad. The key I believe is to accept its presence and use it as an opportunity to contextualise the gospel message.” In other word, between simple acceptanceContinue reading “Contextualizing Christianity at Christmas”

Christmas after Christendom

In a London school a teenager with no church connections hears the Christmas story for the first time. His teacher tells it well and he is fascinated by this amazing story. Risking his friends’ mockery, after the lesson he thanks her for the story. One thing had disturbed him, so he asks: ‘Why did theyContinue reading “Christmas after Christendom”

Nicholas of Myra

I had an interesting conversation with my son about Saint Nicholas / Santa Claus last week. He’s beginning to realize that something’s up, that the culturally driven Jingle Bells hype doesn’t quite match his emerging map of reality. So he’s asking questions. And as he learns the right questions to ask I’m answering honestly. Well,Continue reading “Nicholas of Myra”