CBF Podcast: The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus feat. Adam English

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By Andy Hale

For weeks now, retailers have been flirting with us by the stockpiling of Christmas decorations and merch. And now that we have we have eaten turkey, cranberries, stuffing, and more pumpkin pie than humanly possible, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, we are officially in the season of Christmas.

And if there is one key figure that must not go missing from all of this, it’s Jolly Old Saint Nick. Personally, I’m favorable to the images of Santa Claus presented in the “Weird Al” Yankovic 1996 hit, “The Night Santa Went Crazy.”

Actually, according to legends, the images of a violent Santa are a bit more accurate than those of a tubby vessel of gifts. That’s right, according to some historians, Nicholas of Myra punched Arius in the face. Take that, heresy…

To dispel all inaccurate rumors and to gain a better picture of the saint who would be Santa Claus, I sat down with Adam English, the Chair of the Department of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Theology and Philosophy at Campbell University. Dr. English has written two theological works on the season of Advent, The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra and Christmas: Theological Anticipations.

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This podcast episode is brought to you by The School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University, Campbell University Divinity School, and David Correll of Universal Creative Concepts.

Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start speacialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy

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