Advent

Unwrapping Four Hebrew Words Before Christmas

Unwrapping Four Hebrew Words Before Christmas

In these weeks leading up to December 25, our ears ring with the same worn-out words: presents and trees; decorations and Santa; and, of course, Visa and Amazon Prime. They’re all part of our common cultural vocabulary. We know the definitions and connotations. There’s no need to unwrap them.

Why You Should Never Throw a Party for God

Why You Should Never Throw a Party for God

Consider yourself warned: if you plan a party for God—tidy up the house, frost the cake, and send out RSVPs—you’re in for a rude awakening. He won’t show up. Or rather, he will, but it’ll be a week or a month or even a year after the scheduled date. The leftover cake will be molding in the trash, the balloons wrinkled like old skin, and the guests gone about their business, long before the Almighty raps his knuckles on your front door.

The Christ Thief: When Jesus Wields His Advent Crowbar

The Christ Thief: When Jesus Wields His Advent Crowbar

We’re familiar with the picture of a halo-wearing Jesus standing at the door and knocking. A picture less familiar to us is the ski-mask-wearing Jesus who jumps our fence, jacks open our back door with a crowbar, and skulks inside to steal our stuff.