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Let’s Transform Thanksgiving . . . Into Stranger Day

Save the comfortable for Christmas. Take a risk this Thanksgiving. 

Why We Shouldn’t Keep Christ in Christmas

We should look to Jesus’ example of humility before we try forcing His message onto the world.

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Why I Hate Hypocrisy, Injustice, and People Who Leave Up Christmas Decorations

Is a dead wreath the kind of message Jesus wants to send?

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How to Deal with Grief at Christmastime

Four tips for dealing with loss during the holidays.

Should We Stop Lying to Our Kids About Santa Claus?

The pros and cons of the most wonderful lie of the year.

Gift This, Not That: A Gift-Giving Guide for Your Pastor

Don’t add to your pastor’s surplus of Christian bookstore paraphernalia — try these gifts instead.

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Let’s Stop Bashing These 5 Christmas Traditions

Material things can become tangible reminders of the intangible realities of love and grace.

Quiet Reflection vs. Holiday Hustle: The Tension of Creating Christmas

Santa is not the only pretend part of Christmas.  

How Christmas Lost Its Soul

Christmas is a chance to showcase the best of Christianity. Instead, it vomits up the worst.

10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Christmas

A Christmas historian shares some facts about what the holiday is, what it isn’t, and what it was.

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7 Things Not to Say to the Atheist in Your Family

These tips should help make family visits more pleasant for everyone.

Why Christmas Makes You Go Into Debt and Donate Money

For both retailers and non-profits, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

How Cancer Gave My Ministry New Meaning

In moments like these you realize it isn’t about you, but magnifying Christ and his story of rescue.

Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Handel’s “Messiah”

There is way more to “Messiah” than the “Hallelujah Chorus.”

5 Reasons to Celebrate Advent

Rather than rushing into Christmas, take time to observe the season of Advent.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Find something for your pastor, your Jewish brother-in-law, your Muslim child and your secularist sister.

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How Not to Lose Your Soul Over the Holidays

These 8 tips will help preserve your soul in the midst of the holiday madness.

5 Inspiring Stories from 2014

It’s been a tough year, but good things have broken through the darkness.

Don’t Let Black Friday Cancel Thanksgiving

Love is not a 50-inch HDTV.

7 Reasons Thanksgiving Is Way Better than Christmas

Why we should be grateful for some holiday calm before the Christmas storm.