A Christ-Haunted Christmas Carol

By Sarah Puryear Like most English majors, I keep a running list of books I “should” read but never quite get around to reading. Several of Charles Dickens’s books feature prominently on mine; I’ve been mean... Read More...

Is There Really a Secular Christmas?

By Timothy P. O’Malley A virtuous grumpiness has overtaken a certain kind of Christian. At least, we imagine that it’s virtuous. While the rest of the world has been consumed by a commercialized season, we C... Read More...

What Child (Youth) Is This, Indeed?

Jesus’s first sermon in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52) By Jean McCurdy Meade The shepherds have returned to the fields and their flocks. When the child is eight days old, his parents bring him to be circumcised,... Read More...

God’s Name and Ours

By Jon Jordan Ira Glass, host of NPR’s This American Life, shares a family story about his grandmother who became ill at the age of 32. She was hospitalized for months, and doctors told her family that she w... Read More...

The Christmas Ham

Not a true story By Amber Noel I’m in the middle of telling this really funny long-form joke, and I’ve just served up my famous Christmas ham, and we’re all snacking festively and sipping hot drinks, and I’... Read More...

Herod and the Holy Innocents

By Neil Dhingra  "When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the... Read More...

St. John the Evangelist

By John Bauerschmidt I fell into the orbit of St. John the Evangelist quite early, without being aware of it. We share a name, after all; although in my case it was my grandfather’s, with no immediate connec... Read More...