Posted by Kyle on January 7, 2013

In 313 AD, something terrible happened to Christianity: it became a legal, state-sponsored religion in the Roman Empire after Emperor Constantine’s Edict of Milan. Sixty-seven years later, it became the single official religion of Rome under Theodosius I. The separation of church and state is valuable primarily because it protects the church, and this new way the Roman government was now interacting with the church did more to harm it that any amount of persecution could have ever hoped to.

UPWARD GLANCE: The Day After Christmas According to Mary

Posted by Kyle on December 26, 2012

Christmas is finally over!

Red bows are disappearing, Christmas trees are being put to the curb and all but that one neighbor has started taking down their lights. After all the time, money and care that goes into preparing for Christmas, we let always let go of it quite easily on December 26.

UPWARD GLANCE: Christmas According to St. Nick

Posted by Kyle on December 24, 2012

You know about Santa Claus, right? Large, jolly, red suit, white beard, tiny reindeer, etc. Santa. He's got several different names, too: Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Pere Noel and Babouschka are a few.

Much of the Santa Claus myth, however, is based on a real man named Saint Nicholas.

UPWARD GLANCE: The Gifts of the Magi: Myrrh

Posted by Kyle on December 21, 2012

I thought of doing this series on the gifts of the Magi because I made my youth group mad. I thought I’d play a Christmas trivia game with them last week, and one of the questions involved myrrh.

The youth group got angry with me because I suggested that embalming spices were the perfect gift to bring the baby Jesus.

UPWARD GLANCE: The Gifts of the Magi: Frankincense

Posted by Kyle on December 19, 2012

The second gift the magi brought, listed in Matthew 2, is frankincense. Everyone seems to know what gold is, but frankincense and myrrh seem to throw people for a loop because they aren’t materials we really use all that often in the twenty-first century.