catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Jesus

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.

 

Feature

Embracing the darkness

On the short, dark days of Advent, experienced through Madeleine L'Engle's The Irrational Season.

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How do you solve a problem like Jesus?

An account of the journey through childlike faith to a matured understanding of Christ's divinity and humanity.

Editorial

Crying he makes

A call to embrace both joy and sorrow as we remember the birth of Immanuel.

Articles

Hello, Jesus!

Where has Jesus walked in the years since the ascension?

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Jesus in the NICU

On learning to see Immanuel here and now.

A difficult man

What it's like to love someone with an impossible standard of perfection.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus

In the midst of political polarization, a call to focus on the one who saves.

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Unsolved mystery

An Advent reflection on letting the mystery of Christ shape us.

Heli's story

An eye-witness account of a miraculous birth from not-just-any shepherd.

The woman's story

A businesswoman's perspective on the Savior's birth.

Gallery

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In case you missed it the first time

Historical Jesus

N.T. Wright continues to explore important questions in Christian Origins and the Question of God series.

A Latin American Christmas creed

A statement of beliefs fitting for holiday reflection.

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Jesus Christ, hero

Breaking through the overuse of the term reveals a less abused meaning.

Weaving the web

The Case of the Customized Christ

Will Braun interrogates his own images of Jesus, from the activist to the pastor.

 

Santa By Faith Alone

Peter Capatano writes about his 6-year-old’s belief in Santa Claus.

 

Jesus Lives in a Rehab -- Who Knew?

Jo Hilder on finding Christ in a rehab clinic after a lifetime as a Christian.

 
 

daily asterisk

It is useless to try to adjudicate a long-standing animosity by asking who started it or who is the most wrong. The only sufficient answer is to give up the animosity and try forgiveness, to try to love our enemies and to talk to them and (if we pray) to pray for them. If we can’t do any of that, then we must begin again by trying to imagine our enemies’ children, who, like our children, are in mortal danger because of enmity that they did not cause. We can no longer afford to confuse peaceability with passivity. Authentic peace is no more passive than war. Like war, it calls for discipline and intelligence and strength of character, though it calls also for higher principles and aims. If we are serious about peace, then we must work for it as ardently, seriously, continuously, carefully, and bravely as we have ever prepared for war.

Wendell Berry
“A Citizen’s Response” in Citizenship Papers

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