A new year can be a source of
hope or a source of despair.
How are you feeling about
1998? What lies ahead? Check
out our special focus on the
holidays for insights about
this and any new year.
Reason for the Season?
Starting over--the idea appeals to all of us, and not only in our jobs. This explains
the otherwise (to me) inexplicable appeal of the New Year's holiday. New year,
new possibility. This time I'll get it right.
Time and Busyness
It has, perhaps, always been true that "time is money." But for the current
generation, this maxim has a new twist. In the frenetic 90s, time has become
even more scarce than money and therefore more valuable.
How Much Time Is Left
John H. Stoll
Regardless of whether a person is a Christian or not, it seems as if the
question of how much time is left in the world is on the mind. To the
Christian the question is, when will Christ return to take Christians home to
Disillusionment in the 1990's
The changing social and economic conditions of the 1990s are turning this
into the decade of disillusionment. Millions of baby boomers who grew up
in a world that fed and nurtured their expectations are facing a world much
different than the one in which they were raised.
Is Christmas Necessary?
What do you think of when you hear the word "Christmas"? Frantic shopping?
Family traditions? A commemoration of the birth of Jesus? Or a combination of
all these responses and more?
The Necessity for Christianity
The truth is that all of us are Jekyll and Hyde creatures, part saint, part beast.
The great strength of Christianity is that, while insisting that man is made in the
image of God, it accepts that there is a radical flaw in the reproduction.
The Theology Behind Christmas Music
Robert A. Pyne
Most radio stations play some type of Christmas music during the holiday
season, but many of the songs have become so familiar to us that we no longer
consider their content.
Edward H. Pauley
As any reputable historian can attest, movements and institutions have a way of
changing over time, sometimes within one generation, so that they are almost
unrecognizable to later observers. Historic, orthodox Christianity, on the other
hand, has maintained an identity and continuity at its core for nearly two
thousand years. Why is this so?
This nation was founded by Christians, and Thanksgiving is a time when we
can reflect upon this rich, Christian heritage. But many of us are often ignorant
of our country's origins. This Thanksgiving quiz tests
your knowledge about this nation's biblical foundations.
George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789
This historic proclamation was issued by George Washington during his
first year as President. It sets aside Thursday, November 26 as "A Day
of Publick Thanksgiving and Prayer."
Washington's Original Thanksgiving Proclamation
An actual copy of The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14,
1789 containing the proclamation issued by George Washington setting
aside Thursday, November 26 as "A Day of Publick Thanksgiving and
Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863
This historic proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln. It sets aside
the last Thursday of November as "a day of thanksgiving and praise to our
beneficent Father Who dwelleth in the heavens.."
A Theology of the Grace of God
John H. Stoll
In order for us to properly develop according to God's word, we must begin
with the "bottom line" of, who God is and His relationship with us. Therefore, a
need to understand a theology of God's grace.
As is true with many terms used among Christians, the word "worship" can
become a cliché devoid of significant content if we don't stop to consider its
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