I saw a recent hand-held sign from a protester on television with the words: "Which side of history are you on?"
With another Christmas approaching, I can't overstate how relevant that notion is when it comes to Christ's kingdom, which began 2000 years ago and will one day see its wider fulfillment.
Christmas is a special time of year, by anybody's reckoning. It isn't because it's winter solstice. It isn't because it's "sparkle day" as some secularists now want to re-label Christmas. It's because of the birth of a baby. A very special Baby. more >>
As Christmas gets closer, I can't help but think of my son's fascination with toy dinosaurs. As a three year old, he couldn't get enough and in an effort to engage him I would sit on the floor and play. My T-Rex would say things like, "Come on guys, can't we just all get along? Let's play." His would without hesitation reply in a mean, gruff voice, "No! I'm going to eat you. Let's fight!" This happened on several occasions before I understood it.He's a boy. He likes dino-violence, and that's okay.
Unfortunately, not all mothers are comfortable with the fact that their sons are "Wild at Heart" to quote a popular book. Not every boy is wired the same, but there are certainly some God-given, innate characteristics within most boys that we may not understand, but that we can celebrate and channel into positive, productive purposes. One of those traits is their hard-wired bravery, exhibited by young men like John Blunk who threw his body over his girlfriend to save her life when James Eagen Holmes opened fire in a Colorado movie theater. It's the same bravery that allowed Seal Team Six to risk their own lives in order to take out the evil Osama Bin Laden. Viva La Difference! I must add that while CWA applauds our brave women in the military, we must still acknowledge that 82 percent of those serving are men.
Instead of applauding and embracing the unique differences between boys and girls, a new wave of feminists are using Christmas to do just the opposite. Feminists are asserting that when we allow boys to be themselves and play with gender-based toys like army men, we are teaching them that it's okay to beat their wives when they are older. That's why these feminists have latched on to "No Gender December," Play Unlimited's campaign to encourage seasonal gift givers to purchase toys without consideration of gender, advocating gender-neutral toys and for stores to stop categorizing toys by gender. more >>
The sights and sounds of Christmas were on vivid display as hundreds of people gathered with fascination to watch and listen to the presentation. The music was loud and jubilant, boldly declaring the birth of Jesus. The live nativity scene – complete with adorable angels and determined wise men – was comprised of excited children helping each other adjust their elaborate costumes and stick on beards that rivaled those of Duck Dynasty.
I wasn't at a megachurch or a school play or a shopping mall. It was the Sunday before Christmas, and I was in Asia's largest red light district, the notorious streets of Kamathipura in Mumbai, India.
This Christmas season I set out to explore how some of the poorest and most vulnerable in India approach the Advent, and how Jesus' birth is presented and celebrated by believers in seemingly unlikely environments in our world. more >>
Director Steve Carr opened up about his final, awe-inspiring film chronicling famed evangelical Ed Dobson's fight against ALS, this time offering a powerful message of hope for those ravaged by today's racial tensions.
The only thing more striking than the fact that Dobson has lived with Lou Gherig's disease for the past decade is that he has done so with undeterred optimism. Previously the emeritus pastor at Calvary Church, the 64-year-old Irishman first thought his life was over in 2001 after being diagnosed with the degenerative disease also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. However, Dobson heard the voice of God urging him not to give up, and that hope has persisted 14 years and counting.
"Ed's Story" includes seven short films with the first "It Ain't Over" released in 2011 to the last "Healing" released just recently. The seventh and final short by Carr arrives at a pivotal time of racial unrest in American history. "Healing" takes a deeper look at Dobson's friendship with Pastor Clifton Rhodes Jr., an African-American who is also suffering from ALS. more >>
Not long ago a youth pastor of our church asked me if I could host a large group of students at our house that evening. I said yes. Great. And mentally I began to draft a to-do list for a busy day.
You know the saying, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans." That morning the washing machine overflowed, and I had to call a repairman. As the repairman came into the house, the dogs bolted, heading down the street with me behind them.
But the washing machine and the dogs were merely prelude. Just before the kids were to show up, I realized I had no snacks. And snacks are essential given that teenagers move through a kitchen like locusts. more >>
Although hundreds of thousands of refugees are displaced from their homes in Iraq and their futures remain uncertain due to the siege of the Islamic State, The Vicar of Baghdad wrote in an online Christmas statement that Christian refugees in Iraq have not been deterred from exhibiting joy in the only thing they have left: the unconditional of Jesus.
Writing from his new temporary home in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christ, the Rev. Canon Andrew White, the only Anglican pastor in Iraq, said that even though ISIS has left these displaced Christian refugees with no homes, no clothes and, in some cases, no families, their faith remains strong in the "refugee child," Jesus.
"All you have got left is the love of that refugee child. That to us in the Middle East is all that matters this Christmas," White explained. more >>