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    Häve a Blessed Ådvent

    Häve a Blessed Ådvent

    Cozy up and enjoy this seasonal reflection from Ryan Currie: The New Yorker declared 2016 “The Year of Hygge”. I know, it’s 2018—leave it to church folks to get on trend two years late. ‘Hygge,’ for those who either missed it or already forgot, is a Danish word that doesn’t quite translate into English. When it […]

    The Visit of Christmas, Period

    The Visit of Christmas, Period

    This captivating sequel to A Christmas Carol is brought to you by Jim Moore. “What a year it’s been,” Scrooge thought as he settled onto his favorite bar stool at the local pub. A young man not more than 25 years old settled in beside him. “How so?” he asked Scrooge. Did I say that out […]

    The Many Faces of My Father

    The Many Faces of My Father

    This sweet reflection comes to us from Stacie Tchividjian. While on a recent work trip with my husband, I showed a few ladies, who had never met me and didn’t know my life story, a current picture of my parents. One lady commented “They look SO young!” I replied, “They are. My mom had me when she […]

    <i>El Huracán:</i> Facing our Fragility

    El Huracán: Facing our Fragility

    This reflection comes to us from Kyle Holton. A few months ago in a suburban movie theater, I wept uncontrollably. I was watching Incredibles 2 with my family. The tears came on me like gale force winds. My body silently shook while a storm surge of emotion flooded my senses. It was a category-4-Hurricane type […]

    Stan Lee, Generational Alienation, and Spider-man: An Aspiring Novelist Becomes a Comics Legend

    Stan Lee, Generational Alienation, and Spider-man: An Aspiring Novelist Becomes a Comics Legend

    Grateful to share this reflection by Wenatchee the Hatchet: Just as the world (in Marvel comics) may know Spider-man yet not know Peter Parker, the world may likewise know that Stanley Lieber was Stan Lee, whether or not the world ever knew who Stanley Lieber was. The man Stan Lee, who died this week, became world-famous […]

    Stopping

    Stopping

    This poem was written by John Nolan: Stopping I cannot stop stopping I simply cannot My brain will keep talking Unless I can slot Away impulse and image and instant and id And if they persist a visit begins From the wilderness washing Like particle mist Mutated mangled from sixty minutes All bundled in twelves […]

    Mother of All Mothers

    Mother of All Mothers

    This post comes to us from Stacie Tchividjian. I was recently reflecting on my deepest regrets as a mom. My mind started stumbling down a path it doesn’t like to go. I sobbed from a deeply painful place as I agonized over the choices I’ve made that have affected my two sons. When I see them hurting […]

    Forty, Finitude, and Me

    Forty, Finitude, and Me

    A lovely personal reflection from Katy Attanasi: This is a story about the tension that exists between Christian triumph and human frailty, between the ideal and the real, and between the myth of unlimited potential and the reality of constrained choices. Once upon a time, my 21-year-old self was on top of a world that […]

    <i>Maniac:</i> Saved by an Easy-to-Swallow Capsule

    Maniac: Saved by an Easy-to-Swallow Capsule

    This one comes to us from Ethan T. Perkins. My latest binge-watching series on Netflix was nothing I intended to watch. I had heard a few mentions via Twitter about Netflix’s latest psychological thriller/comedy, but it was not on my list of things I was waiting to start. I saw the trailer completely by mistake. […]

    Hopelessly Devoted: On Muscular Christianity

    Hopelessly Devoted: On Muscular Christianity

    Grateful to start the week with this reflection from Alex Chapota: Like many people in ministry, I receive a lot of Christian-related forwards via Facebook and WhatsApp messenger. Friends usually expect me to comment or even forward these messages onward. Plenty of them are insightful and even inspirational. Other times they kick off a debate, […]

    The Strange Absurdity of Scorekeeping in <i>The Good Place</i>

    The Strange Absurdity of Scorekeeping in The Good Place

    A bonzer contribution from one Sam Guthrie: With seasons 1 and 2 of NBC’s The Good Place streaming on Netflix, Kristen Bell and gang bring the laughs with the show’s expository mirror reflecting the religiosity of our modern world. The Good Place follows the adventure of Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) as she navigates her existence […]

    An Open Letter to the Charter Representative

    An Open Letter to the Charter Representative

    This reflection comes to us from Rebecca Lankford. I have a confession: I recently ruined the day of a perfectly innocent Charter service representative. Or at least, I am fairly certain I did. My call to the Charter hotline began with a mere question about billing. An hour and several Charter employees later, my issue […]