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Victory Over The 'War On Christmas'

Every year we hear about it. Some new department store chain has changed the word Christmas to "Holiday" and instructed their employees to say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas." The laughable example of the "Holiday Tree" comes to mind. I saw this in a supercenter a couple years ago. A "Six Foot Holiday Tree with Built In Lighting" was just $39.99+tax. It was hideous actually, but I couldn't stop myself from chuckling out loud. Go to a typical department store and just try to find "holiday" decorations with an overtly Christian flare. Good luck! There may still be a few holdouts here and there, but for the most part, if you want Christmas decorations that focus on the Christ child, you almost have to go to a religious store to find them. If you do find a regular store that still sells Christian decorations, please patron them, and be sure to tell all your friends and family to do the same. We should be sure t…

The Great Catholic Boycott

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This isn't the first time something like this has been called for, and it certainly won't be the last. It is however, the first time it's been called for on such a large scale, by a media outlet with such a broad reach. I suspect it will have a significant long-term effect.

As much as many in the U.S. Catholic establishment would like Michael Voris to just "fade away," that is not going to happen. He's raised a small army at ChurchMilitant.TV with many subordinates who could take over his position if necessary, or who could go off and start their own Internet media outfit if they had to. Likewise, he has managed to rally scores of bloggers on the Internet, bringing them to a singular focus. What this man has done is impressive, but it is no longer limited to him alone. Michael Voris is just the tip of a very big iceberg. There is only one way to avoid running aground on this thing, and that is for the bishops and prie…

Getting the Big Picture

Stepping back and getting the big picture is something I like to do because I find it helps me gain a better understanding of things. I live in the Bible Belt of the United States. Here one can easily get a very skewed picture of what Christianity looks like. For example; I've had the opportunity to speak to multiple Catholic youth groups in Springfield Missouri over the past decade or so. One of the things I've noticed pretty consistently is how the views of young Catholics in this area are shaped by the immediate world around them. I would ask them what the largest Christian church in the world is. Almost always they would answer "Baptist." A few might answer "Assemblies of God" which is a Pentecostal denomination. This shouldn't be surprising. The Bible Belt of the United States is overwhelmingly Baptist, and Springfield Missouri is the worldwide headquarters for the Assemblies of God. Most of these kids are shocked when I tell them the truth.

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What Makes A Christian?

Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Baptist Church in California
Author of The Purpose Driven Life
Are Catholics Christians?  That was the title of one of the first articles I wrote for this blog. It was also one of my most popular articles. You can read it here. So what makes a Christian?  I mean, at least doctrinally speaking anyway. We can debate about a person's behaviour all we want. That's not the topic of this article. What I want to discuss here is what makes a Christian in a doctrinal sense. Maybe to be more specific, we should ask what defines Christianity, doctrinally speaking?  In modern society, we just take this sort of thing for granted. I mean what makes a Christian different from a Jew or a Muslim? They both believe in one God -- right? So couldn't we call a Muslim a Christian, or a Christian a Muslim? Can't the two terms be interchangeable? Well, not exactly.

You see, religions are defined by their understanding of God. This is why Pagans and Christians …