Rachel Pieh Jones discusses four common questions about Christmas from Muslims in her community and she offers ways American Christian families can grow closer to Jesus by learning from the global Christian community.
Rachel offers tips for families about how to make new Christmas traditions, all while she sheds light on her family's experiences celebrating Christmas where Christians make up less than 1% of the country, Djibouti.
Rachel Pieh Jones writes about life at the crossroads of faith and culture. Her work is influenced by living as a foreigner in the Horn of Africa, raising three Third Culture Kids, and adventurous exploration of the natural world. She has written for the New York Times, Runners World, Deadspin, the Big Roundtable, and more. They moved to the Horn of Africa for her husband to work at local universities and help to develop courses and programs. Currently they direct an international school.
Rachel is the author of Pillars: How Muslim Friends Led Me Closer to Jesus.
01:02 - Topic: Christians and Muslims Together at Christmastime
02:07 - Family, Faith and Culture
03:13 - Christmastime Trends in Djibouti
04:35 - Church on Christmas Eve
04:58 - Armed Soldiers outside Church Services
06:25 - Personal Christmas Traditions
07:20 - How Do Some Muslims See Christmas and Cultural Symbols
08:47 - Questions that Muslims May Have about Christmas
09:26 - 1. Worshiping Trees?
09:33 - 2. Jesus Dressed Up as a Jolly Man with a White Beard?
10:01 - 3. Why Isn't Jesus' Birth Celebrated Like Other Prophets in the Quran?
11:11 - Why Does Jesus' Birth Matter?
13:34 - Jesus' Birth in the Quran and the Bible
14:50 - Asking Questions and Being Curious about Similarities
15:30 - 4. How Was the Son of God Conceived?
16:31 - For Christian Families in America: Lessons from...