my santa

I’ve never liked Santa, in part because you can’t spell his name without using the same letters found in Satan. But I would have liked the original St. Nicholas, who went Dick Cheney on the heretic Arius at the Council of Nicea. Apparently Nick grew weary of listening to Arius’ slippery words, and he walked over and punched him in the face. And this is the guy who’s checking whether you’ve been naughty or nice?

You probably already know that today is St. Nick’s feast day, and my colleague Wendy Widder just sent me a couple of posters to celebrate. You may have already seen them on FB, but they’ve got a good shot to bring some cheer into your not-yet-white Christmas.

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6 thoughts on “my santa

  1. I usually hate memes, but this is worth a FB post :)

  2. Apparently, St. Nick helps me feel connected with the ancient church. ;)

  3. Aaaaaaand I have my sermon intro for Christmas Eve.

  4. Jonathan Shelley

    Avoiding nominalizations to make strong points is good. A stiff right is better. I think I have a new debate coach.

  5. Love this post! The tricky part for me is knowing how and when to present Jesus’s divinity to my Muslim friends. My usual approach is not to waste time trying to argue or prove it. Instead I try to let Jesus speak and reveal it for himself. I hope St. Nick would understand and not pop me in the kisser.

  6. [...] I had some great profs, too. I really believe that wanted us to do well. They were also willing to have fun and get to know you. One of the stories I like to tell the most is from one of my Systematic Theology classes. Dr. Wittmer  was my prof and we were talking that day about the attributes of God. Dr. Wittmer said that God could not do something illogical, because that would be to go against His nature. So, for instance, He could not great a round square. Another student asked, “What about the loaves and the fishes?” Wittmer replied that that was not illogical, it was just miraculous. I rose my hand and asked (in jest) “wasn’t the miracle of the loaves and the fishes that after one boy shared his food everyone else saw the example and shared too?” Wittmer responded by throwing a dry-erase marker at my face. Maybe that’s why he likes St. Nicholas so much. [...]

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