The Absence of Advent

Advent stands as a season of anticipatory celebration for us followers of Jesus. We stand on this side of the resurrection in history and we look backwards towards the miracle of Christ and His birth. For us, our songs for the Christmas season are sung with celebration, because we know how the story of Christ’s Read More

Preparing for the Mystery of Advent

For the past four years, I have been trying to make sense of what happened to me the last year that I lived in Kentucky. Having faced an interminable contradiction turned double bind, my heart became overwhelmed with the chaos of the situation. In the four years since leaving, my head tried endlessly to make Read More

Humility and Jesus

Humility is a virtue that is promoted by a wide variety of people for a wide variety of reasons. For instance, it attributed to Charles de Montesquieu the saying: “To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.” Ernest Hemingway’s take on humility says ““There is nothing noble in being superior to Read More

REPOST: Depression and the loss of the Sacred

As I have taken the time the past couple of weeks to take a look back at the past few years, I also decided to go back and look at some of my previous blog posts that I later put on private. This blog post goes back nearly three years to when I was suffering Read More

Understanding shame and the Gospel

During my time at seminary, I was struck by something by what one of my professors, Dr. Ben Witherington, told us about the Bible, which I have heard him repeat many times since: the Bible is written in a culture of honor and shame.1 This is can be quite difficult for us modern readers to wrap Read More