unto Us a
Child is Born
1. Why Was Jesus Born?
2. Observing Christmas - various views
3. Dating the Birth of Jesus
4. What was the Star of Bethlehem?
5. So, How Does a Christian Parent Explain Santa Claus?
1. Why Was Jesus Born?
Matthew 1:1-17 - Jesus, the Christ: Son of David, Son of Abraham
Matthew 1:18-25 - Jesusí Virgin Birth: According to Scripture
Matthew 2:1-12 - Jesus born in Bethlehem: According to Scripture
Christmas Season Sermons - on the FPC website
2. Observing Christmas -
Traditional Reformed Perspective-nonobservers:
Is Christmas Christian? Michael Schneider, Presbyterian Heritage Pub., C. 1995.
Christmas-Keeping and the Reformed Faith. David W. Carson, Presbyterian Heritage Pub., C. 1995.
Christmas: An Historical Survey Regarding Its Origins and Opposition to It. Kevin Reed, Presbyterian Heritage Pub., C. 1995.
Xmas. Arthur W. Pink
The Regulative Principle of Worship and Christmas. Brian Schwertley
Presbyterians Do Not Observe Holy Days. Samuel Miller, D.D., 1835.
Christmas Observance. Samuel Miller, D.D., Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Princeton Seminary, 1825.
A Christmas-Day Sermon. Samuel Davies, 1758.
The Religious Observance of Christmas and Holy Days in American Presbyterianism Chris Coldwell
Is Christmas Scriptural? G. I. Williamson (OPC New Horizons)
The Regulatory Principle and Christmas. C. Matthew McMahon
The Necessity of Reforming the Church John Calvin 1543
Reformed who do/ or might observe Christmas:
The Observance of Christmas. Stephen D. Doe (OPC New Horizons)
Brad Winstead. Brad Winstead (OPC New Horizons)
Celebrating Christmas-Or Should We? Lee Ferguson, PCA News (appeals to Calvin)
Celebrating a Calvinist Christmas with a Clear Conscience. Mark Horne (appeals to Bullinger, Dordt and Turretin)
Should Christians Celebrate Christmas? John Ankerberg
Why Do Presbyterians Observe Holy Days? Andrew Webb
Should a Christian Celebrate Christmas? Rick Miesel
Should Christians Celebrate Christmas? Charles Halff (from a Jewish-Christian point of view)
The Christmas Story: What's Real and What's Not. Bishop John Shelby Spong
The Christmas Story: An Overview (from RELIGIOUS_TOLERANCE.ORG)
Why Christmas Should be More Commercial (from Ayn Rand Institute)
What Does Christmas Mean to Muslims? CBN News
What About the Mormon Jesus?
The Muslim Jesus
Watchman's Fellowship 2001 Index of Cults
3. Dating the Birth of
Those proposing a date:
Biblical Dates for Messiah's Conception and Birth David Hargis. Imprimis, December 1996 (Succot)
On the Birth Date of Jesus of Nazareth. Uri Marcus (Succot, fall-September-October)
The Star of Bethlehem. Craig Chester. Monterey Institute of Astronomy Imprimis, 1993 (Jesus 3-2 BC, Herod 1 BC)
When Was Jesus Born? Imprimis, 1996. (September, 5 BC)
The Times and Places of Jesus. Paul Maier (5 BC)
In What Year Was Christ Born? (3 BC)
The Date of Herod's Death Murrell Selden (1 BC)
The Legacy of the Magi Michael Molnar (April 6 BC)
Those with no definite date:
Josephus on Herod's Death and Other Matters. Paul Hill (no way to know a date)
Those who don't care:
4. What was the Star of
The Star of Bethlehem. Craig Chester
The Star of Bethlehem. The Griffith Observatory. Index of links.
The Star of Bethlehem. Susan Carroll
The Star of Bethlehem. Kenneth Collins
The Star of Bethlehem. Ray Bohlin
The Star of Bethlehem. Nick Strobel
The Star of Bethlehem. Gerardus Bouw
The Star of Bethlehem. Royal Observatory, England (About what you would expect.)
The Star of Bethlehem. U.S. Naval Observatory (About what you would expect.) 0ffline 12/2007
5. So, How Does a
Christian Parent Explain Santa Claus?
The Santa Question. Richard Patterson, Christianity Today, December 1999
The Santa Situation. Becky Laedwig. Light and Life Magazine
Sharing Jesus in a Santa Claus World. Mary Simon. On Mission, December 1998