Should you leave your church if they don’t have services on Christmas?

Believe it or not, there are a number of people who are posting things like, “If your church doesn’t have services on Christmas Sunday, find another church.” Now I will admit that it seems ironic that churches cancel services on a holiday that we claim celebrates the birth of Christ. I can’t imagine anyone doing…

Is Christmas a Pagan Holiday? or Why It’s OK To Celebrate Christmas 

When I was a kid, there were folks talking about how secular society was minimizing Christian influence during the Christmas season. In the name of being tolerant, there were those who said that you couldn’t say “Merry Christmas.” You had to say “Happy Holidays,” or better yet “Season’s Greetings. ” School children were encouraged to…

The Starbucks Holiday Cup Controversy?

Though I’ve been told that Christians are furious over the Starbucks holiday cup, the truth is that really I don’t care about this fabricated controversy. I mean, dude, I have real problems. It has zero effect on my faith. It has even less effect on the spiritual climate of America. It’s a red cup. Starbucks…

Christmas & the Archko Library

Every Christmas and Easter, I get tons of hits on The Archko Volume, or Archko Library by the Rev. W. D. Mahan. Proponents of this work of pseudo-apocrypha, including televangelist Benny Hinn, claim that the Archko Volue is an authentic historical work recovered from the Vatican Library which authenticates many of the events of the…

What Christmas Means and Why I Hope Bart Ehrman Gets It Someday

A recent Newsweek cover [Dec. 17, 2012] pictures the Nativity and claims that Bart Ehrman will answer such questions as “Who was Jesus? Did he have a wife? How many wise men were there? Why Bethlemhem? In a manger or a cave?” Unfortunately, the cover is referring to an article inside called “The Myths of Jesus.” In…

What’s So Dangerous About… Merry CHRISTmas

“Have a Happy Holiday,” I said. I had purposely avoided saying Merry CHRISTmas because I’ve been told that I am somehow shoving my religion down everyone’s throat ever time I say Merry CHRISTmas. And far be it from me to play havoc with the mercurial beliefs of those weak-willed enough to convert based on a simple greeting. Honestly,…

Holidays are Extremely Biased …But Happy

Have a Happy Holiday, I said. I had purposely avoided saying Merry CHRISTmas because I’ve been told that I am somehow shoving my religion down everyone’s throat ever time I say Merry CHRISTmas. And far be it from me to play havoc with the mercurial beliefs of those weak-willed enough to convert based on a simple greeting. Honestly,…

Santy Claus is Outsourcin’

He’s gotta be. How else do we explain those pernicious little twisty ties that bind every toy to the box at the molecular level? Can we attribute this cruel packaging development to good-hearted, jolly ol’ Saint Nick? Doesn’t this seem more on par with some trick of Ol’ Scratch? Can a man with a unimpeachable…