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It’s the Third Day of Christmas as I write this article and New Year’s Eve is four days away. Many people still have most of their Christmas decorations out in observance of the Twelve Days of Christmastide, and my wife Hilary and I recently noticed a front lawn Nativity display with an illuminated set of Holy Family figurines. But strangely, the light coming from the Baby Jesus was flashing on and off! So we had a quick laugh about it. However, the image of that blinking-light Baby Jesus stayed with me. (more…)

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ethnic-diversityWe live in a time of powerful forces seeking to separate people into demographic boxes.  These forces want to define us as strictly this or that “kind” of person; and these forces want us to start defining ourselves according to these strictly defined categories as well.  More and more, we see categorizing, labeling and dividing people as Male vs. Female, or White vs. Black vs. Brown, or Heterosexual vs. Homosexual, or whatever else you can think of. (more…)

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xmas2011According to the ancient tradition of the Church of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord was born in the town of Bethlehem of Southern Israel (Judea) and raised in the town of Nazareth of Northern Israel (Galilee).  And his being born in Bethlehem has important significance for our Christian faith and spirituality. (more…)

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401379_2291177008609_1524520977_31845687_577303187_n2With the advent of the personal computer, people today have access to far more information than they ever had before. Consequently, we are hearing more and more people assert the historical fact that December 25th is not the actual birthday of the historical Jesus. Some highlight this fact merely for historical interest, while others try to use this information in an attempt to stump us and somehow undermine our Christian faith. (more…)

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The Church seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany are seasons of light during the long dark of winter.  And, if you think about it, without darkness we would not see the light. In fact, Woody Guthrie, who is famous for writing This Land Is Your Land, once said, “You can’t have a light without a dark to stick it in.”

The simple truth of our existence in this realm of existence (called life) is that light shines in the darkness, and if not for our darkness and suffering we would not know The Light. (more…)

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