Must Read Article

It’s acutally a excerpt from a book by Sinclair Ferguson, “In Christ Alone“.  The article was posted over a the Ligonier site that I found via Twitter.  So, take a read of “Santa Christ?“.

Thoughts?  Even though I like to think of myself as not absorbed by the commercialism of Christmas, this was a sobering wake up call.  What is my true focus on Christmas?  Why do I celebrate?  To give and get?  To enjoy fellowship alone?  Or, is it rooted in the radical invasion into history of our God?  Sadly, not enough of the latter.

Solo Deo Gloria,



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4 Responses to Must Read Article

  1. Jenny Smith says:

    Speaking of coffee, what do you think of Coffee with Dad?

  2. Gerald says:

    Ferguson makes some good points. Points that I’ve made myself over the years. Two things that concern me the most now as a father of young children are the emphasis on receiving gifts as the reward for being good. (In fact, the entire Christmas emphasis on receiving rather than on giving) and the deception of a make-believe figure (Santa) appearing to be real. How should a Christian family respond to a culture that makes mythical creatures (Santa, the Tooth fairy, Easter bunny) appear real to children? Won’t they be less likely (as a result of our deceiving them) to trust out stories of God when they learn that most of our society also thinks of Him as mythical?

    My wife has excellent counter-arguments to some of these objections, by the way. 🙂

  3. Gerald says:

    This discussion of Christmas never got rolling, but I thought I’d add another thought about the Christmas tree. Got this in an email:
    In ancient Scandinavia, the evergreen tree was considered a symbol of life amid the bleak darkness of winter. Vikings reportedly cut down evergreens and brought them into their homes as a source of encouragement. In the 600s, Boniface, a British missionary, traveled across Europe using pines as object lessons of eternal life. Even the harsh winter couldn’t kill them, said Boniface, who also used their triangular shapes to teach about the Trinity. For centuries afterward, people cut down trees and brought them indoors, creating a celebratory midwinter atmosphere. As an added benefit, the tree’s fragrance provided a pleasing aroma during the confining months of winter.
    According to tradition, it was Martin Luther who popularized trees as a Christmas symbol of the new life given us by the Christchild, and it was also Luther who wrote a carol that’s been sung around Christmas trees for nearly 500 years: “From heaven above to earth I come, / To bear good news to every home.

  4. javajeb says:

    From what I’ve heard, it seems pretty well acknowledged, if not documented, that the Christmas tree was a pagan holiday symbol adapted by the church to convey the meaning of the Nativity of the Christ child, etc.

    Great hymn, BTW.

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