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All articles & reviews tagged with christmas

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December 2017
Articles > Evangelistic

Let’s go to Bethlehem

Christmas is a special time of the year. The preparations begin weeks before; there is a long list of things to be done. Cards and presents are to be bought, decorations and Christmas trees put up. There are school concerts and carol services. There is food to be bought and cooked; time with the…

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September 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Christmas — an opportunity for the gospel

Christmas means a lot of different things to different people. For some it is a time of drunkenness, debauchery, and crime. Others feel lonely because someone forgot them. Some are weighed down under the burden of many activities and the pressure of shopping. Then there are those who are dismissive of the whole thing.…

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Review

Reviews > Book

Why On Earth Did Jesus Come?

Attractively produced, this publication sets out to explain, in a lively manner, the true facts of the Christmas story. It tackles some of the myths and legends which have grown up over the years and shows the reader the true ‘reason for the season’. The first half of the booklet covers the historical background…

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Reviews > Book

The Plan: How God Got the World Ready for Jesus

This children’s picture book tells the story of Christmas, but with a difference. Sinclair Ferguson shows how Jesus’ coming into the world was part of ‘the plan that began before time began’. When I first read the subtitle I wondered where the relating of the plan would begin. The author starts with the journey…

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December 2000
Articles > Guest column

The meaning of Christmas

As Western culture becomes more secular and anti-Christian, it is increasingly difficult to uncover the true meaning of Christ's birth into the world. When I became a Christian nearly thirty five years ago, I found for the first time the wonder, joy and true meaning of Christmas. I discovered that the birth of Christ…

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December 2000
Articles > Evangelistic

Logs on the fire

​'It's Christmas time, mistletoe and wine. Children singing Christmas rhyme. Logs on the fire, gifts by the tree. Time to rejoice in the good that we see'. Cliff Richard's song probably summarises the sentiments of most people at this time of year. That warm inner glow of sentimentality overtakes the most unusual and unlikely…

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December 2000
Articles > Evangelistic

The conflict of Christmas

To speak of the 'conflict of Christmas' might conjure up images of children squabbling over toys, or tense moments during the gathering of the clan. But it seems a million miles away from our traditional idea of what the Christmas story is all about. Carols, cards and cradle scenes all suggest that 'peace on…

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