I've worn a lot of various hats in my time. Scientist (of different sorts), rocket scientist, polymath, police officer, personal trainer, storm spotter, author, among others. But one of the most important, at least to me, is licensed minister.
"What?" you ask. "How can that be? Didn't you just say you were a scientist?"
That's right, I did.
But to me, science and theology are the obverse and reverse of the same coin. One attempts to explain how, and the other tries to say why.
And so Christmastide is one of my favorite times of year. I quite know that Jesus wasn't BORN this time of year. But did you know that, according to the various astronomical data we are given (and there's more than you might think), it is entirely possible that the Magi ARRIVED at this time of year?
And I think that's just...cool.