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December 6, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

What is Christmas spirit, really?

My favorite Christmas movie is probably Elf, the 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell. One of the obstacles in the movie that has to be overcome in order for there to be a happy ending is the decline of Christmas spirit in the world. Christmas spirit, if you watch closely, seems to be defined as having a childlike faith and wonder, especially as it comes to believing in Santa Claus. Now, (spoiler alert!) anyone who can read this article knows that Santa isn’t real. But the idea of Christmas spirit still perseveres in our culture. What is Christmas spirit? Consider, if you will, these challenging words from J.I. Packer’s book Knowing God about this thing we call “Christmas spirit”:...Keep Reading

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December 23, 2014 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The great gift exchange

‘œGod made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.‘ (2 Corinthians 5:21) To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? The kingdom of God is like a man at a White Elephant Gift Exchange. Picking first, he chose the present with the Justin Bieber wrapping paper, hoping for something epic, and unwrapped it to find... a mug shaped like a toilet bowl....Keep Reading

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