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December 24th, 2010
11:43 AM ET

Ohio woman says markings in pistachio look like Jesus' face

Some call a central Ohio woman a little "nutty," but she says to use your imagination.

Michelle Phipps, of Dublin, thinks an image on a pistachio shell she found has a striking resemblance to Jesus.

A co-worker brought the nuts into the office to share with other employees. Phipps said one of the nuts stood out from the rest.

Her co-workers thought they saw some other images in the nut.

"We all started joking about it and talking about it. One thought it looked like Jason from a movie, or Freddy Kruger or George Washington. All sorts of things," Phillips said.

Read the full story on WCPO.com
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Ohio

December 24th, 2010
10:43 AM ET

Iraq's Christmas fears

Many Christians in Iraq are afraid they'll be targeted by militants. CNN's Jomana Karadsheh reports.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Iraq

December 24th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

Our Take: Rethinking Christmas

Editor's note: Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove are co-compilers of Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (Zondervan).

By Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Special to CNN

It’s not all that strange this time of year to see Christians outside in bathrobes, trying to keep a little baby warm in the straw of a cattle trough. (Truth be told, it’s usually a doll; but we get a real donkey from time to time.)

We Christians like to re-enact the birth of Jesus and hear the angels sing again, “Peace on earth, good will toward men.” This is our good news. It feels good when our neighbors pause to listen.

But we rarely tell the whole story. The baby in a manger is cute. The shepherds in their field are quaint. The magi from the east give the whole scene some dignity.

FULL POST

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Christmas • Holidays • Opinion

What’s with the donkey in the parking lot?
December 24th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

What’s with the donkey in the parking lot?

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief blog Co-Editor

It was a brisk December night, and Little Bit, a pregnant Sicilian miniature donkey, was munching hay as little children poked and pet her.

She looked like she could go into labor at any moment there in the parking lot, which an Alexandria, Virginia, church was using for a live nativity scene.

There was no rest for the weary. Little Bit’s schedule was packed. Most weekends, she was double-booked through Christmas Eve.*

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Christmas • Holidays • United States

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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.

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