Prayers to Santa

Our local paper publishes letters to Santa written by children in the community.  Here is one of the more hilarious examples: To Santu, Mii krismislist I wont usiinsset end a ulabkot u snacset.  I wont to sekrokuoil huntr u skoodr bag. (No, your font isn’t scrambled.  I typed it exactly as written).  The letters cover…

The Manger and the Cross

“It was not so much that His birth cast a shadow on His life, and thus led to His death; it was rather that the Cross was there from the beginning, and it cast its shadow backward to His birth.”          —Fulton Sheen, Life of Christ

Scripture vs. Tradition

Scripture versus tradition…. Most of us have heard something of this debate, which goes like this: Does scripture or tradition hold higher authority for Christians? For some, scripture is the obvious answer. Jesus lambasted the Pharisees because tradition caused them to violate God’s word (Matt. 15:3). Paul also warned the Colossians about the “empty deceit…

I’m Gettin’ Nuttin’ for Christmas

  Last December, I had to discipline my four year old son. (I can’t even remember why). I could not have guessed what happened next. He teared up and asked if he would still get Christmas presents. I was shocked. My wife and I *never* leveraged Christmas gifts to get our kids to behave. Why…