Israel has allowed 26,000 Palestinian Christians to enter the country in honor of Christmas.
Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories, Israel Defense Force Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot, announced that the government would ease travel restrictions on Palestinians to allow its Christians to celebrate their holiday a "fitting way."
Twenty-one thousand Christians from the West Bank and 5,000 Christians from the Gaza Strip have been given clearance by the Israeli army, which controls the inflow and outflow of Bethlehem, to enter the city. more >>
A recently released YouTube video shows atheists and Christians sparring in Daley Plaza, Chicago, shortly before a Christian group unfurls a banner that reads "A is for Angels" in front of an eight-foot tall, lit up "A," a symbol erected by the Freedom From Religion Foundation meant to stand for "atheist" or "agnostic."
The atheist organization's symbol had been approved by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to sit in the city's Daley Plaza along with other holiday symbols, such as a giant Christmas tree, a menorah and a life-size nativity scene. In response, members of the Remember America Foundation, a Christian group, unveiled its own "A" banner last week at the city's annual German-American holiday market, Christkindlmarket Chicago.
Remember America Foundation Chairman William Kelly is shown in a YouTube video speaking at Daley Plaza as his group unveils the "A is for Angels" banner over the FFRF display. Kelly explains to those present at the protest last week that he doesn't believe Daley Plaza is the proper place for an atheist display, and therefore his group is trying to make the "A" symbol a positive one by changing its meaning from "atheists" to "angels." more >>
The auditorium was filled to capacity, the stage was set with brightly colored lights and creative props, and the music was loud and animated – all typical aspects of a contemporary worship service, yet features that still catch my attention on occasion as someone raised in a more traditional church environment.
It was the Sunday before Christmas and I was sitting in Buckhead Church, a campus of North Point Ministries located in the heart of Atlanta's business district. Although Buckhead is not my home church, I visit there from time to time and that morning my mother and I were attending with some friends.
"Your mom is really into it," my friend whispered during one of the songs. "Yeah, she loves it here," I instantly replied. And then as I looked over at her, it suddenly hit me… here was a 60-year-old Hindu convert from a rural village in eastern India called Jhalda worshipping at an ultramodern megachurch gathering in the middle of Atlanta along with over 30,000 people who would attend one of the church campuses that day. more >>
A dream comes true for Maymo the dog who is in awe when he sees what is left for him on Christmas day. Maymo is a cute lemon Beagle who receives the best dog gift EVER for Christmas - 210 empty plastic bottles stacked up in the shape of a Christmas tree. He loves to chew on the bottles when he plays so this was the best Christmas gift known to dogkind for him. He even decides to run around and play with all the bottles with his Santa hat on!more >>
The person or persons behind the now-famous "Tips for Jesus" Instagram account is encouraging consumers everywhere to join the movement by generously tipping their servers as a part of "Project Christmas Eve."
"Working Christmas Eve sucks, right?" a message recently posted to the account states. "Join @tipsforjesus and make it awesome for your server. #ProjectChristmasEve."
The social media account features photographs of bar and restaurant receipts that have extravagant tips and encouraging messages written on them. In many of the photos the servers on the receiving end of the generous acts are also shown with a signed receipt in hand. more >>
For the past eight years, a security and surveillance company has been offering Nativity scenes in the U.S. an extra form of safety during the holiday season by installing a free GPS tracking system on the display's baby Jesus figurine.
There are often multiple media reports around the holiday season of Jesus figurines going amiss, either by foolhardy teenagers or perhaps adults with more serious motives. For this common problem, Brickhouse Security has offered a "GPS Jesus" program that installs Spark Nano real-time GPS trackers into the baby figurines at nativity scenes. The service by the security company is offered free of charge for churches.
"If a nativity figurine is stolen or taken for a joy ride, victims will receive a text or email alert, and then be able to track the figurine's location in real time on any PC, smartphone or tablet," the company states on its website. more >>