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.
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.
“A Citizen’s Response” in Citizenship Papers
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