Happy Holidays, Pagan Origins and Other Things That Distract Christians During the Christmas Season

Christmas is a magical time of year. People are nicer, houses are prettier, pastries are plentiful and there’s always an occasion to spend time with those you care about. Inside Christianity, we also get to celebrate the fact that the God of the universe became human as a means of redeeming us from our sin. Christmas is about hope, love and redemption. Sadly, Christians often make Christmas a time to go to war over trivial matters that distract us from the birth of Christ, and make Christianity look less appealing to the outside world. In this episode, host Sam Welbaum and panelists Justin Davis, Candace Jackson and Paul Hughes talk about issues like Happy Holidays, Xmas, Black Friday, Santa Claus and the supposed pagan origins of Christmas and provide Christian’s with responses to these topics and show believers how we ought to reframe the issues.


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Sam Welbaum is the Director of Radio and Events at Apologetics.com and is one of the hosts of the Apologetics.com radio show. Sam also serves as the Young Adults Director at Shoreline Baptist Church in Fountain Valley, California. He presently holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Christian Studies from California Baptist University, an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, a Masters of Theological Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently working on his PhD in Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Claremont Graduate University.


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