The Curiosity Index (22.12.2017)

Fake News: Christmas is a hijacked Pagan Festival

Tim Thornborough helps you demolish the idea that Christmas is a re-branded pagan festival. Although it remains the case that it’s unlikely that Jesus was born on December 25th…

And speaking of pagan festivals…

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Not an awful lot to do with Christ but this is what Christmas means today. It’s not Christian, it’s decidedly materialistic.

And it’s been that for a while now…

Pictures of Christmas Past

Who was the genius who thought a bear on the dodgems was a funny idea?

Jaw-dropping hotel made of ice and snow opens in Sweden

So I’ll end with this plea and prayer…

May the Light of Christ Reign Over the Darkness in Europe

This from Jen Oshman

Christ followers living through European winters can’t help but sense the similarities between the dark physical climate and the dark spiritual climate there. Europe, as a whole, has an average Christian population of only 2.7% (many countries, like the Czech Republic, number even less than 0.5% Evangelical Christian). While the landscape is dotted with churches and cathedrals and crosses, very few believe. In reality, it’s a post-Christian continent with an overwhelming disregard for any religion at all.

So…

Pray that the multitudes across Europe who are now in darkness would be drawn to Jesus, who is the light of the world. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). May it be so from Ireland to Sweden, from Portugal to Ukraine, from Spain to Estonia, from the Netherlands to Moldova.

Amen.

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