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Sitting in the Dark, Waiting for Emmanuel

December 22, 2011 9:43 AM

A few months ago, my friend Stephanie’s grandma was diagnosed with a brain tumor. In spite of brain surgery and chemotherapy, the tumor has grown, and her grandma is now on hospice. When I had coffee with Stephanie recently, I...

Why Santa Belongs in Your Kids' Christmas

December 20, 2011 11:00 AM

I hear curious rumblings this time of year among Christians that letting children believe in Santa is wrong. That giving children a myth implies that the Nativity story is insufficient. That letting them believe that good behavior earns gifts makes...

Advent: Putting the Brakes on Christmas Insanity

November 28, 2011 11:22 AM

Connecticut, Boston, San Jose, three trips to the Carolina mountains, Alabama, Calgary. The past six months have brought too much travel—too many planes, too many strange beds, too much of fishing clothes out of a suitcase, too many nights without...

Honeymoon with Mom and Dad

January 5, 2011 3:25 PM

Seven weeks and twice as many apple pies later, life has remained surprising normal — albeit a little sweeter — since my mother and father arrived from across the country to make their final home with my husband and...

The Best Ever Christmas Gift

December 22, 2010 10:55 AM

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to re-read “In the Bleak Midwinter," a poem by Christina Rossetti (the sister of famous pre-Raphaelite painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti). The poem is so lovely that it has been set to...

Lynne Hybels: My Lazy Christmas Wish

December 16, 2010 10:20 AM

It’s 4 on a Thursday morning. I'm wide awake because my 4-year-old grandson, Henry — enjoying a “sleepover” with Nana while Mom and Dad are out of town — woke up at 3 with a sore throat. After a trip...

Holiday Shopping for Jesus

December 15, 2010 10:10 AM

The statistics aren’t available yet, but the questions proliferate: After two years of “anemic” spending in December, will the retail market rebound? Will Americans prop up an ailing economy by spending lots of money on Christmas presents? Wherever the numbers...

'Happy Holidays' in Church?

December 14, 2010 9:54 AM

Nothing helps us remember the reason for the season like a Walgreen’s store clerk who remembers to say “Merry Christmas” when she hands us change from our last-minute Snuggie purchase. The culture-war frontier has been littered with the debris of...

'Hallelujah' Comes to the Food Court

December 3, 2010 11:00 AM

Bored mall shoppers eat in a food court that could be anywhere in North America. Innocuous holiday music plays in the background. Suddenly, a woman poking at her fast-food tray, cell phone held to her ear, stands up and begins...

The Real Problem with Mary's Baby Bump

December 18, 2009 8:01 AM

This Christmas you may hear a sermon or two comparing today's unwed mothers with a well-known one from the ancient Mideast: Mary, the mother of Jesus. Reflecting on the alleged public shame Mary endured as an unmarried mom-to-be, we...

The Trouble with Depicting Jesus

December 15, 2009 10:34 AM

When the New Community Bible first released in 2008, it sold 15,000 hardcover copies in a few short weeks.Yet the resulting hue and cry over certain aspects of the Bible, the first to be produced by Indians, for Indians in...

Christmas Cooking with Nigella (or Jesus)

December 10, 2009 9:50 AM

Christmas baking has begun, and I do a lot of the traditional cookie baking for my family. Peanut butter star cookies, sugar cookies, and Ritz cracker cookies are on my list (as usual) this year, but I keep an eye...

Holiday Generosity: Now a Click Away

December 3, 2009 11:06 AM

I have mixed feelings about wish lists. They rob Christmas of creativity, surprise, and personal contact, but they also make shopping much, much easier. And it's nice to know that if I pay attention to the lists, gift recipients won't...


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