Honoring R.C. Sproul and Christmas Weekend Reading

A Note of Thanks for R.C. Sproul

“Fifty years ago,” Joni Eareckson Tada writes, “when I snapped my neck under the weight of a dive into shallow water, quadriplegia smashed me up against the study of God.” Dr. R.C. Sproul helped her sort through some of her hardest questions and helped lay the foundation for the work she does through Joni and Friends. Joni says that R.C. Sproul,” even to his last days, would hold forth that powerful line from Psalm 103:19: ‘His kingdom rules over all.’” Read Joni's tribute to R.C. Sproul, and for more articles, tributes, and tweets written in remembrance of Dr. Sproul, check out Tim Challies’ incredible collection.

What Suffering People Wish You Would Do at Christmas

This time of year can be difficult, and Vaneetha Rendall Risner certainly has experienced suffering firsthand. She has “buried a child, endured four miscarriages, gone through an unwanted divorce, parented troubled teenagers, and [continues] to deal with a painful deteriorating disability.” What do you say to someone who is suffering at Christmas, when the festivities make them even more aware of the pain they are experiencing? Vaneetha offers five suggestions for caring for hurting friends and family. Read this post.

5 Popular Misconceptions About the Christmas Story

“We encounter the Christmas story so often we’re convinced we know all the details of what happened that night. But many of the things we think we ‘know’ about the Christmas story turn out to be incorrect.” In this post, Michael Kruger discusses five common misconceptions: “There was a star the night Jesus was born; there were three wise men; there was no room for [Mary and Joseph] in the inn; Jesus was born in a barn or stable; Jesus was born on December 25.” Read this post.

10 Christmas Carols Everyone Should Know

“It’s all too easy to look up at the end of December and—poof—realize the opportunity for meaningful reflection has passed, vacuumed up or packed away for next year, like another decoration. So this Christmas, how can we truly be present and not just buy presents?” Keith Getty says, “We find the answer in the most fundamental (and perhaps surprising) of places—in singing traditional carols together.” Read this post.

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Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep is a hospital teacher, a seminary student, and a Lyme patient living in Texas, where God continuously sustains her through Scripture, dry shampoo, and Mexican food. She blogs her journey through medical treatment at www.apatientprocess.com with the hope that her words will be a picture of the Lord’s perfect faithfulness in chronic pain; for even in suffering, God is good.

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