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.
I believe that, to some degree, an offending strangeness might be the surest means to seeing, hearing, and receiving a redeeming witness — a witness at work, for instance, in what Karl Barth refers to as the strange new world of the Bible. Does the Bible in any way dislocate our imaginations or prove to be an affront to what we consider seemly? In a certain sense, we might say that weirdness alone redeems, because it is that which strikes us as unseemly that forces us to redeem — or reevaluate — our vision of reality, our sense of what’s appropriate. Are we willing to have our vision undone and redeemed? Are we up for the religious experience of feeling offended?
The Sacredness of Questioning Everything
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