Christmas is a time for families, friends and loved ones to come together. It also affords a rare opportunity to freeze such social gatherings in time by building long-lasting traditions. The traditions people value are what anchors them as they go from past to present, present to future, say family experts.
Recent winters have seen Christians fighting against the "War on Christmas" to defend Nativity scenes, the real meaning behind the holiday, and wishing people a “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays.” But just how much of the Christmas traditions we see today are truly Christian in origin?
Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" is a movie that wants to gallop but can't take it past a trot. On paper, it's a film that should find the famed director confidently behind the reins and riding to critical acclaim. But in reality, "War Horse" shows Spielberg is uncertain sitting in the director's saddle this time.
New York City officials are handing a local church an eviction notice this Christmas season. The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has asked the Bronx Bible Church to stop worship services at a public community center.
What does it take strapping into a car and racing at speeds exceeding 200 mph for a living? For stock car racer Trevor Bayne, the answer is the power of prayer. The 21-year-old driver blazed to the forefront of the racing world last February when he won the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Fla., largely considered the sport's most significant race. He is the competition's youngest winner ever.
Nathan Gamble launched his acting career in 2006 with a role in "Babel," an international drama about human interaction. His latest film, "Dolphin Tale," is out now on DVD and finds the performer playing a youth who finds his place in the world healing an injured dolphin.
The leader of a Pacific Northwest church is gaining national attention for praying over pugilists.
The leader of a large San Diego church contends that people miss the reality of miracles more often than not.
Keith Getty says modern churches should stop mimicking mainstream trends with their praise music.
A bestselling comic book artist has converted the story of the nativity into a new graphic novel. Billy Tucci, the author and illustrator of the cult classic Shi and numerous Marvel and D.C. comics, said he's always found the story behind Christmas inspiring.
The House of Representatives has given the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) a happy ending in its long struggle to stay alive.
The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has temporarily suspended the death sentence hanging over the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).
Bill Cosby's career is one of the most unbelievable acts in comedy. Over five decades, he's split sides with laughter in stand-up comedy, sitcoms, movies, music and books. His latest writing, I Didn't Ask to Be Born (But I'm Glad I was), is a new collection of essays from the elder statesman of snickers.
Christian funnyman Brad Stine has tossed out quips, one-liners and jests for over two decades. There's one thing he doesn't joke about, however, and that's taking the "Christ" out of "Christmas."
Saddleback Church’s popular addiction program, Celebrate Recovery, will soon hit the silver screen.