I’ve grown up in the church, so I’m well versed in the “Xmas is taking Christ out of Christmas” argument that normally happens around this time of year.  So, you can imagine my surprise when after a little bit of digging I realized that argument is null and void.  Christians have been using the term Xmas since the 16th century.

You see it isn’t really an English X in Xmas.  Rather it’s the first Greek letter in the word “Christ.”  Throughout history Christians have been using a Greek chi (X) to reverently refer to Jesus, by using his first initial.  The use of “X” as a replacement for “Christ” isn’t based on people trying to cross Jesus out of Christmas, but similar how I refer to a friend as D. J. instead of David James.

So this holiday season when someone freaks out about your use of “Xmas” feel free to send them to this blog post or to Wikipedia.

To Accept, Copy, or Flee?This is the time of year when Christians across the country make a decision.  Whether they will engage culture, copy it, or flee from it.  Obviously no one phrases it that way.  But they make that choice when they decide if and how they’ll celebrate Halloween.

This is the time of year when some will abstain from celebrating Halloween because of it’s shady history, and it’s ties to the occult.  Others will instead participate in Halloween celebrations at a church under the disguise of a “Fall Festival.”  Others will jump in with both feet and decorate their porch, hand out candy, and wear costumes never thinking twice about the occult background of the day.  Who is right? Continue Reading…

England Clamps Down on PornographyYesterday the Prime Minister of Great Britain announced that internet service providers (the people you pay to have internet) weren’t going to allow pornography as a default.  For those still wanting to view it, they have to call in and request access.  The Prime Minister pointed to the ill effects that pornography has on children for the primary reason for his decision.  Continue Reading…

How to Get a Masters DegreeClose to five years ago I decided I wanted to get a Masters of Arts degree.  I picked my school and was off to the races.  My first semester, I finished no problem.  My second semester I began dragging my feet, and it took me years before I was starting my third semester.  It got to the point, where I had simply quit.  I had thrown in the towel, and began rationalizing why I didn’t need to finish.  Continue Reading…

Would Jesus Buy the Xbox One or the Playstation 4?A couple weeks ago Microsoft and Sony both revealed their next generation of video game consoles.  For many people watching it did exactly what it was supposed to do, it created desire.  Strange that Microsoft and Sony both have to spend millions of dollars (and will continue to do so) trying to convince us to purchase their product.  It’s basic marketing.  They create a desire for the product, people buy it, and shareholders get rich. But what would Jesus think of this process? Continue Reading…