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Repurposed for Peace: Christmas, Crucifixion & Reconciliation

In Culture by Kurt Willems6 Comments

2 Minute Read They shall beat swords into plowshares, and spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, [nor] learn war anymore. Isaiah 2.4 (NRSV) I have a bottle topper that says: “Recycled from disarmed nuclear weapon systems.” Its opposite reads: “Make wine not war.” Whether you drink wine or …

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2 Reasons NOT to ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’

In Culture, Guest Contributors by Kurt Willems5 Comments

4 Minute Read ————————– *Guest Post: By Jeff K. Clarke ————————– Keep Christ in Christmas is the slogan of choice for many Christians during this time of year. We see the phrase used all over the place – from Facebook posts, Twitter feeds and Instagram pictures, to Pinterest links and blog posts. However, while Keep …

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Jesus was Born in Bethlehem, NOT Rome: Choosing to Lose the “War for Christmas”

In Culture by Kurt Willems6 Comments

4 Minute Read Each year Christmas comes along and so do various controversies. Yesterday, my friend Jeff Clarke wrote: However, when we post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram our demand for people to Keep Christ in Christmas, we are in that moment displaying a degree of arrogance, not humility. Instead of pointing people to the humble …