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New Books: “Santa’s Husband” by Daniel Kibblesmith & A.P. Quach

New Books: “Santa’s Husband” by Daniel Kibblesmith & A.P. Quach

Nov 11, 2017

Santa’s Husband By Daniel Kibblesmith Illustrated by A.P. Quach Harper Design, Oct 2017 Hardcover, 32 pages Offering a fresh twist on Kris Kringle, this clever yet heartfelt book tells the story of a black Santa, his white husband, and their life together at the North Pole. Everyone knows that Santa Claus is jolly, but in Santa’s Husband, this cherished...

Thoughts on a Queer Christmas: Holy Innocents & the Politics of Power

Thoughts on a Queer Christmas: Holy Innocents & the Politics of Power

Dec 29, 2015

Queer Christmas Day Four – Holy Innocents The Feast of the Holy Innocents is another odd day in Christmastide, another horrific story of death during the season of Incarnation. There’s much to say about this brief episode in the second chapter of Matthew’s Gospel. Although there’s little historical evidence to support Matthew’s...

Thoughts on a Queer Christmas: The Feast of Stephen

Thoughts on a Queer Christmas: The Feast of Stephen

Dec 27, 2015

Each year, I’m taken with the arrangement of the church calendar, that the First Day of Christmas, we remember and celebrate the Incarnation of God, followed by the the Second Day of Christmas (Dec 26), the Feast of Stephen, the first Christian to be martyred for his faith in scripture. It’s as if to say, here is God in the flesh, and here is just...

Jesus in Drag

Jesus in Drag

Dec 14, 2014

Funny thing happened in church today. (Yeah, I know. Sounds like the start of a joke.) The church I frequently attend put on a nice Christmas program, with the choir singing some of the holiday favorites, interspersed with readings about Jesus, and a good mix of worship songs that never let our minds drift too far from the theme that Jesus is at the heart of...

The Messiest Present

The Messiest Present

Dec 24, 2013

The incarnation is the complete refutation of every human system and institution that claims to control, possess, and distribute God. Whatever any church or religious leader may claim in regard to their particular access to God or control over your experience of God, the incarnation is the last word: God loves the world — Michael Spencer, Mere Churchianity...

Hope for a Dysfunctional Christmas Homecoming

Hope for a Dysfunctional Christmas Homecoming

Dec 21, 2013

Have you ever considered the irony in the Christmas story with respect to family? Luke tells us “a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David, called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the...

Giving Gifts in a Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Faith Community

Giving Gifts in a Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Faith Community

Dec 12, 2013

Multi-ethnic neighborhoods have dramatically increased in the past decade  A recent study by the Urban Institute confirms it. More than ever, people from different backgrounds, religious beliefs and customs are coming into daily contact with one another. And this can make holiday seasons and gift-giving seem like a complicated thing.  How do you show your love...

A Christmas Epiphany

A Christmas Epiphany

Dec 2, 2009

A few minutes ago, as I was reading a note from my mom about the “joy unspeakable and full of glory” that is the heart of Christmas, I was struck by an image of the excitement in heaven over the birth of Jesus some 2000 years ago.  God himself, I suddenly realized, had looked forward to that day.  Set before the creation of the universe, he planned...