In the person of Jesus, the sacred and the secular fused in a new and powerful way. Why should our celebration of Christmas be any different?
The eligible widower, the plucky heroine, the superiority of life in a small town: Marilynne Robinson’s novel “Lila” has all the usual tropes, but she manages to make all things new.
“NO red and green, NO Christmas trees, NO Santas appear in my house before at least December 20,” says author Sybil MacBeth. “I guess this is extreme.”
Women’s words account for just over 1% of the Bible, but author Lindsay Hardin Freeman is determined to tell their stories. “These woman are real, dynamic, challenging, and fallible,” she says. “God’s love for them, and us, is as strong as the world’s foundations.”
These episodes don’t happen very often anymore, more than a year and a half after losing Mom. But the grief is always there, gently submerged, biding its time.
“Inactive people like me don’t need cookies and a half-hearted note,” says guest blogger Alexandra Michelle Rucinski. “We don’t need letters telling us the light is missing from our lives. We need you Mormons to do the thing you sang about in Primary. We need you to try to be like Jesus.”
While I’m always glad to see Mormons cooperating with other denominations, the unlikely alliance of Mormons, Catholics, and evangelicals against gay marriage is a sad example of the old adage, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
I feel uncomfortable when Mormon teachers and leaders suggest that greater health and happiness will follow when we pay tithing. But a new sociological study says it’s at least partly true.
25 years, man! Pass the doughnuts. Then settle in for these 5 “greatest hits” Simpsons episodes that feature religion in all its hilarious diversity.