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.
Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.
William C. Martin
The Parent’s Tao Te Ching
Hat tip: James Padilla-DeBorst
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