Churches push Advent Conspiracy to teach real giving

PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS)—The Christmas contradiction gives Pastor Rick McKinley a headache. Read More

For some, happy holidays means no gifts

AUSTIN, Texas (RNS)—Scrap the gift lists. Trash the wrapping paper. Blow off the mall. Read More

Churches’ cooperation strengthen ministry in among students in China

MACAU, China — Eager hands reached for strips of paper. “This one goes next,” voices shouted as the group of Chinese students pieced the strips together to tell the story of Christ's birth. The problem: the story had been written in English, cut apart and scrambled. The goal: to be the first team to put the story together correctly. Read More

EDITORIAL: Selecting your tree

The semi-trailer flatbed ahead of me was loaded with small, cut spruce trees. It didn't take much creativity to anticipate their destination as a Christmas tree lot in some distant city. Although reluctant to admit it to my friends at the state patrol headquarters, driving does not always receive my undivided attention, so I began to trace the future paths of these trees. Read More