In between the merry-making and festive traditions, Christmas is, for many, also a time of reflection on the meaning of Christ’s first coming and on gratitude to God for the blessings in our lives. My fellow RTB scholars and I share our views on this time of year, what we value about it, and even address some of the mysteries…
As the song goes “Christmas time is here.” People are busy shopping, baking, and reliving their special Yuletide traditions. For many churches, the Christmas traditions include Advent ceremonies. Advent, which means “coming,” is the celebration of Jesus Christ’s first coming into the world to rescue sinners from God’s inevitable just wrath and the anticipation of his hoped for second coming.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay, Remember Christ our Savior Was born on Christmas day, To save us all from Satan’s pow’r When we were gone astray; O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy. — “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” a traditional English carol
In addition to blog posts, I also address Christian worldview issues and critical thinking on a couple of RTB podcasts. Straight Thinking, my primary podcast, highlights the importance of the life of the Christian mind. I also make appearances with my fellow RTB scholars on I Didn’t Know That!, where we offer unscripted answers to listener questions.
In terms of holiday commercial sales, Halloween ranks second only to Christmas (especially in the United States). But is this extremely popular October tradition the “devil’s night,” a literal satanic and occult extravaganza? Or is Halloween a harmless celebration?
The July 4th holiday always makes me reflect upon how much I have to be thankful for as an American citizen. In light of Independence Day, here’s my list of five great Americans who lived during my lifetime and inspired me.