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Anticipating Christmas

Scott Hamilton, YTI Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

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I spent my formative years living in a rural community, occasionally spending Christmas in my grandparents’ home. In my grandparents’ modest formal living room, gifts sat under the Christmas tree, spreading out and over much of the living room space. My grandmother worked hard to spoil her grandchildren at Christmas. One Christmas at my grandparents’ … MORE

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The Holy Days

Jay Smith, YTI President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics

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With the passing of “All Hallow’s Eve” (Halloween) we have entered into the holiday season. Let me encourage all of you this “Holy Day Season” to reclaim the hope of Christ. Rethink how you understand these days of darkness and the coming of the light of Christ. MORE

Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells

Jay Smith, YTI President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics

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The season is upon us. At least it is here in Montana. Single digit temperatures, accompanied by copious amounts of snow, twinkling lights and carols – those old, familiar songs of the season – are to be found at almost every turn. Although I am a musician and I love the carols, one of the … MORE

The Gifts of the Magi

Bill Fowler, YTI Church Relations, Professor of Biblical Studies

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When we think of the gifts presented to Jesus by the Wise Men who came from the east, it is easy to focus on the obvious; gold, frankincense, and myrrh. These were, indeed, perfect gifts. Some gifts at Christmas do not “fit” well; whether due to size, color, or personality. We have all received gifts … MORE

Unto Us It Born A Revolution

Unto Us Is Born…A Revolution!

Jay Smith, YTI President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics

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Not since the persecution in the Roman Empire has culture belittled, berated, marginalized and martyred a belief system as it has Christianity.Christianity in our current Western culture is not simply taken for granted by the majority, but also marginalized and ridiculed for its beliefs. Indeed, even professing “Christians” will ridicule, marginalize, and condemn other Christians … MORE

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Who Is the Real St. Nicholas?

Jay Smith, YTI President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics

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Most of us grew up believing that Saint Nick was a ‘jolly old fellow’ with a white beard dressed in a bright red coat and cap who lives at the North Pole. The real St. Nicholas was someone a bit different, yet not too different. Nicholas of Myra was born in the late 3rd Century … MORE

The Night the Animals Talked

Bill Fowler, YTI Church Relations, Professor of Biblical Studies

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My favorite Christmas movie doesn’t show up often anymore. ‘Night the Animals Talked’ tells the story of Christmas from the viewpoint of the animals that supposedly would have occupied the stable in Bethlehem. There is a theme of exclusion carried throughout the movie that only finds resolution at the birth of Jesus in the end. … MORE

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Kathryn Green, YTI

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Kathryn Green, YTI’s office administrator, shares her favorite Christmas song “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”. “The song moves me because it evokes thoughtfulness and longing as the Jews wait for Messiah. It evokes that same longing in us as we wait for Messiah to return.”