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in day 8 of our Unsettling Advent devotional series, Sandhya Jha reflects on the trial of Jacob Rittenhouse and the shooting of Jacob Blake to think about what the message of the wise men meant to Herod.

In day 7 of our Unsettling Advent devotional series, Darron L. Edwards reflects on the inspiration that led to “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” and what we can learn in our angry, polarized times.

In day 6 of our Unsettling Advent devotional series, Contributing Writer Christopher Dixon reflects on finding hope during Advent — even amid a pandemic — and how that can be freeing.

In day 5 of our Unsettling Advent devotional series, Kristel Clayville reflects on serving as a hospital chaplain as many people die from COVID and other illnesses. But she notes that death isn’t always unsettling.

In day 4 of our Unsettling Advent devotional series, Senior Editor Beau Underwood reflects on issues of dying and faith as we go through Advent, again, during a pandemic.

In day 3 of our Unsettling Advent devotional series, Ryan Fordice reflects on completing a residency in hospital chaplaincy during the COVID-19 pandemic. And he thinks about what this teaches us about the arrival of the Prince of Peace in an unexpected time and place.

In day 2 of our Unsettling Advent devotional series, Contributing Writer Sarah Blackwell reflects on moments early in the COVID-19 pandemic as her husband worked on the front line as an attending physician at a large, urban hospital.

In day 1 of our Unsettling Advent devotional series, Word&Way President & Editor-in-Chief Brian Kaylor reflects on starting Advent amid a second year of COVID surges and deaths.

Editor-in-Chief Brian Kaylor reflects on the news that an actor who plays the part of Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar was arrested for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Contributing writer Rodney Kennedy writes that he is not sure churches in America should be celebrating Christ the King Sunday. Have our habits become too corrupt – Americanized, individualized, freedom-soaked – for us to obey a king?