vol. 9, num. 23 :: 2010.12.17 — 2010.12.30
Unto us a child is born, but this is no ordinary child. This child grows older and, for better or worse, turns the whole world upside down -- for some, anyway. For others, he’s a non-event. For others, well, it’s complicated. Exploring what the person of Jesus Christ means to different people.
On the short, dark days of Advent, experienced through Madeleine L'Engle's The Irrational Season.
An account of the journey through childlike faith to a matured understanding of Christ's divinity and humanity.
A call to embrace both joy and sorrow as we remember the birth of Immanuel.
Where has Jesus walked in the years since the ascension?
On learning to see Immanuel here and now.
What it's like to love someone with an impossible standard of perfection.
In the midst of political polarization, a call to focus on the one who saves.
An Advent reflection on letting the mystery of Christ shape us.
An eye-witness account of a miraculous birth from not-just-any shepherd.
A businesswoman's perspective on the Savior's birth.
N.T. Wright continues to explore important questions in Christian Origins and the Question of God series.
A statement of beliefs fitting for holiday reflection.
Breaking through the overuse of the term reveals a less abused meaning.
Will Braun interrogates his own images of Jesus, from the activist to the pastor.
Peter Capatano writes about his 6-year-old’s belief in Santa Claus.
Jo Hilder on finding Christ in a rehab clinic after a lifetime as a Christian.
What happened was, I got the idea in my head –- and I could not get it out –-that college was just one more dopey, inane place in the world dedicated to piling up treasure on earth and everything. I mean treasure is treasure, for heaven’s sake. What’s the difference whether the treasure is money, or property, or even culture, or even just plain knowledge? … Sometimes I think that knowledge –- when it’s knowledge for knowledge’s sake, anyway –- is the worst of all…. I don’t think it would have all got me quite so down if just once in a while — just once in a while — there was at least some polite little perfunctory implication that knowledge should lead to wisdom, and that if it doesn’t, it’s just a disgusting waste of time! But there never is! You never even hear any hints dropped on a campus that wisdom is supposed to be the goal of knowledge. You hardly ever even hear the word “wisdom” mentioned!
in J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey
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