Advent & Christmas Traditions – Francis Foucachon

What are Traditions? Traditions give us anchors to hold onto as time passes and as the pages of the calendar turn. Traditions are constants we can look forward to. Traditions connect groups and communities. They are the instruments to transmit beliefs from one generation to another, helping to tie the past to the present. In France, the open-air Christmas market is one of these traditions that ties both old and young together, as from year-to-year, grandparents, children, and grandchildren make their annual pilgrimage to a concentration of many sellers’ booths that constitute a real little village called the marché de … Continue Reading “Advent & Christmas Traditions – Francis Foucachon”

A Christmas Poem

A Christmas Poem, by Christian Hale. For countless years, the Dragon roared And men would fight in vain with sword. Though many sought with might to slay, The Serpent’s strength grew day by day. In darker days, this Dragon’s breath Enslaved our fathers unto death. They thought to worship stones and beasts While on their souls the Dragon feasts. A Greater Might, a Hero bold, Came thundering down the halls of gold. He came with shouts as soft as cries. He came with virgin’s lullabies. He fought with weapons yet unknown. The Dragon scoffed to see this Foe. A MAN? … Continue Reading “A Christmas Poem”

A Chronological Confession of Faith

ADVENT SEASON AND THE CHURCH YEAR Guest post by Wesley Callihan The Advent season marks the beginning of the church year. As my pastor once said, one of the most important things we can learn in our celebration of the seasons of the church year is the basic truth that calendars are not silent – they always tell a story. Calendars are not neutral. The question is, what story do they tell? Or to ask it another way, who is the Lord of time and does our answer show in the way we mark the passing of time? Philip Schaff, one … Continue Reading “A Chronological Confession of Faith”