Putting the dragon back into the Nativity

What if I told you one of the characters from the Nativity has been left out for many years? What if I told you a creature present at Jesus’ birth doesn’t get a single mention in any carols? What if I told you for too long we had been leaving the dragon out of the…

The Dragon, the Angels and the Baby in a Manger

Things you won’t hear at church at Christmas #1 “Santa doesn’t exist” – no minister wants to risk a mass exodus of families with young children. Things you won’t hear at church at Christmas #2 “For today’s festive reading turn to Revelation chapter 12” – which is a shame, for it is a great passage…

Mary's walk of shame

Last Christmas, rather than giving my heart to some girl who would have only given it away the next day (rather a waste of a pretty vital organ…) I watched the BBC’s rather good Nativity series, which gave a pretty solid portrayal of the nativity story, neatly split into four episodes run on consecutive nights…

The greatest gift

At the moment I’m facing a bit of a Christmas present crisis. For the past few weeks there has been all sorts of snow and ice all over the country and internet deliveries have been delayed massively, meaning my present for my Dad will probably spend Christmas not under the tree but in a Royal…

Christmas and the hypocrisy of being a Christian

A guest post by Stuart Molar, a youth minister from Crumlin who is also a great guy for having random conversations with at Christian festivals. At this time of year, thoughts inevitably turn to Christmas and all that goes with it-presents, food, family, parties, time off! However, I have been feeling very challenged of late, due…

It's Christmasssssss!

“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” Matthew 1:23 “So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and…

Born to die

“But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed!” Isaiah 53:5 Not really the most traditional Christmas verse in the Bible, I’ll admit. But Christmas is about more than just the nativity story. Because Jesus was born with one single…

The lord of all creation

“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.” John 1:1-3 One of my all time favourite carols is the classic Away in a manger. Theologically it may…

The Santa Delusion

Introducing new All4God contributor Ali McClure with a quick intro and then a Christmas reflection- I’m Ali McClure, been saved for around 15 years, recently married, from Northern Ireland and living in Nashville Tennessee. Studied Theology and French though am currently unemployed/homemaker, hoping to become a teacher. I love period dramas & books, music; singing and playing guitar, and I love…