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A lone bison stands in a field in front of the Grand Teton mountains in Wyoming. By moosehenderson/stock.adobe.com. Some people wonder, "Is Wyoming a state?"

Does Wyoming really exist? The “post-holiday blues” and the reality of post-Christmas hope

A man decorates a nativity scene with rubble around symbolizing the destruction in Gaza and white sheets referring to the dead civilians, in Manger Square, adjacent to the Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem, Friday, Dec. 23, 2023. Bethlehem is having a subdued Christmas after officials in Jesus' traditional birthplace decided to forgo celebrations due to the Israel-Hamas war.(AP Photo/Leo Correa)

The most notable Nativity scene in Bethlehem this Christmas

Light falls upon a manger. Do you truly understand Christmas? By andrewaustinpaul/stock.adobe.com

The longer I live, the less I understand Christmas

Israel’s options, the pope’s blessing, and the incredible reality of the incarnation

A family of three, all wearing Santa hats, sits on a couch while watching a Christmas movie featuring Santa Claus. By New Africa/stock.adobe.com

Why we love holiday movies: A reflection on the source of true joy

Charles Dickens' book "A Christmas Carol" lies open featuring an illustration of "Scrooge's Third Vistor" on the left page and the title page on the right. By laplateresca/stock.adobe.com

Ebenezer Scrooge and two incarnational miracles of Christmas

Mary looks at Joseph as they sit behind the baby Jesus in a manger in a live nativity scene. By Anneke/stock.adobe.com. In stark contrast, a Satanic display was recently placed—and then torn down—at the Iowa capitol building.

Satanic display in Iowa’s capitol torn down: On the enduring hope and power of nativity scenes

Henry Kissinger at the state dept. after hearing of his winning of the Nobel Prize on Oct. 16, 1973. (AP Photo/JD)

Henry Kissinger on leadership: A transforming Christmas vision for pastors and society

Outside at dusk on a snowy street, a person in a Krampus costume looks directly at the camera. Krampus is a "demonic anti-Santa" with goat horns. By Manfred Herrmann/stock.adobe.com

“Krampus” takes over Christmas: Cultural conflict and the peace found only in Christ

A manger at night sits in contrast to three crosses on a hill at daybreak signifying Christ's birth at Christmas, his death on the cross, and his ultimate resurrection. By Kevin Carden/stock.adobe.com

Redeeming “the most wonderful time of the year”: Three countercultural principles for Christmas

Why is Jesus called Immanuel? Janet Denison discusses her new Advent devotional

Santa Dale, no last name given, walks through the snow covered parking lot as he arrives at Merle Hay Mall, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

US military reports that Santa was undeterred by arctic blast

A Christmas nativity scene features a standing Joseph and a kneeling Mary surrounding baby Jesus in a manger. © By RG/stock.adobe.com

Stolen Baby Jesus returned to nativity in time for Christmas

The Denison Forum Podcast discusses timely news and relevant topics with biblical insight. Hosted by Dr. Mark Turman and featuring Dr. Jim Denison, plus guests on occasion, this weekly, discussion-oriented podcast will help Christians further develop a biblical worldview on current events, equipping them to be salt and light for Christ.

Peace and Christmas: A conversation with Jack Countryman

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy holds an American flag that was gifted to him by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., after he addressed a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, and Vice President Kamala Harris, to her right. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Zelensky visits the US on his first trip abroad

Crossed legs in festive Christmas socks rest atop a wooden table next to a coffee mug and in front of a Christmas tree and fireplace with a roaring fire. © By magdal3na/stock.adobe.com

The most unique gift: God’s comfort

Mary hovers over newborn baby Jesus in a cotton-lined ancient crib. © By Anneke/stock.adobe.com

Did Mary have a midwife at Jesus’ birth?

A video of former President Donald Trump is shown on a screen, as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds its final meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. From left to right, Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

January 6 Committee refers former President Trump for criminal prosecution

A well-lit Christmas tree stands outside of the Coliseum in Rome, Italy, at night. © By Matteo Gabrieli/stock.adobe.com

Why do we have Christmas trees? How a “pagan symbol” became an integral part of our Christmas traditions

A coffin bearer holds the brass handle to a casket. © By Kzenon/stock.adobe.com

The day my father died

A Christmas tree comprised of vials, bottles, and medicine sits against a green background.

What does Christmas have to do with bioethics?

A nativity scene features three figurines representing Joseph and Mary slightly bowed over a manger. © By Beto G/stock.adobe.com

Three wise ways to see Christmas

A man prays with his hands clasped below his chin, his eyes shut.

The humbling reason Peter is my favorite apostle: A word of encouragement for preachers during Advent

A grandpa holds a Christmas present in one hand as he hugs a woman.

What gift-wrapped grandpas and Grinch-inspired breakfasts remind us about the real meaning of our Christmas traditions

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