Happy New Year, again! Here is some reading to start 2011 (many are more than a week old, but I didn’t do a review last week):

– Andrew Perriman wrote a series on the true meaning of Christmas according to the Gospel of Luke here, here, here, here, here, and here. Also, he provides an alternate reading of John’s Prologue.

– Daniel Kirk wrote on the coming Christ in Matthew, how that Christ is king, and the birth chronology of the First Gospel. Likewise, he wrote on Luke’s Christ as world-turner and the birth chronology of the Third Gospel.

– Geza Vermes writes on “Herod the Terrible or Herod the Great” and Ehud Netzer on the search for Herod’s tomb.

– Paul Copan writes on the myths and reality of the first Christmas.

– Andrew McGowen explains how Christmas ended up being celebrated on December 25th.

– Kevin DeYoung wrote a couple post on how Santa Claus relates to Christmas here and here.

– Craig L. Adams examines John Wesley’s views on the spiritual gifts.

– Colby Whittaker, a student at Duke Divinity, has written a brilliant Dr. Seuss-esque retelling of Gnosticism.

– James K.A. Smith answers some questions about the new Calvinism.

– P.J. Williams provides practical uses for Greek accents.

– John Blake examines the enduring popularity of C.S. Lewis.

– The Western Seminary blog has a brief interview with R. Kent Hughes.

– Francis Chan is going to Asia.

– For Christians in the United States who complain that our Christmas celebrations are being threatened, maybe you should consider our brothers and sisters in Iraq.

– Anthony Bradley says that if you really want to be missional you need to adopt.

– Learn what philosophers died in 2010.

– T.C. Robinson reviews D.A. Carson’s Collected Writings on Scripture and N.T. Wright’s Small Faith, Great God and Brent Landu’s Revelation of the Magi.

– Nick Norelli reviews James McGrath’s The Only True God and Gordon Fee’s new commentary on Revelation and Grant Osbourne’s new commentary on Matthew.

– Marc Cortez reviews Rodney Stark’s God’s Battalions.