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Playing That Dangerous Blame Game

Rachel Chimits
December 30, 2019

When we choose poorly and hurt ourselves or others, we often find it incredibly easy to shift the blame away from ourselves, but in doing so, we only do more damage.

Mutsuhiro Watanabe was better known to the captives of Japan’s most infamous concentration camps as “the Bird” so that they could warn one another when he was coming without him knowing.

Taking St. Nick Off the Naughty List

Rachel Chimits
December 23, 2019

Santa is a potentially controversial figure among Christians, but perhaps there’s a better perspective we could take on his story.

Perhaps no Christmas figure is more maligned that Saint Nicholas.

The man who began as a generous church leader, trying to inspire others to care for the poor, evolved into a magical sprite in a reindeer-drawn sled used by parents to bribe children into obedience.

Grief, Loss and Death at Christmastime

Rachel Chimits
December 19, 2019

While this time of year is traditionally considered to be one of great joy, it also can be the one where the broken pieces of our hearts and lives most clearly show up.

My uncle, my father’s baby brother, died suddenly before the holidays.

At 28 years old, he had moved back in with the family and was working his way through some personal issues, when a complication with a hereditary illness caused his heart to stop one night.

Advent: The Adoration of the Magi

Rachel Chimits
December 20, 2019

Worshiping and delighting in Jesus at Christmas sounds all well and good, but how do we find the time and the right frame of mind to do this amid the holiday chaos?

In 1480, Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned to paint an altarpiece for the Augustinian monks of San Donato. He completed detailed drawings of the painting’s figures and scene, but then he left the city.

The painting would be finished years later by an unknown artist.

Evidence of the Resurrection: The Appearances

Evan Wilkerson
December 11, 2019

The most important claim for Christianity is that Jesus has risen, a claim that have been tested and tried throughout the history of Christianity.

The claim that Jesus rose from the dead is the reason the church still stands.

When Jesus’ followers witnessed him die on a cross, they were utterly defeated. Yet, only three days later, the triumphant news, “I have seen the Lord!” would begin to rapidly spread (John 20:18).