Seeing darkness is as crucial as seeing light. Read full piece
Coronavirus has canceled many Christmas pageants, but some churches turned to a new virtual format for the old classic. And with kids and the internet involved, virtual pageants, it turns out, are just as delightfully unpredictable as more traditional performances at churches.
For 23 years, Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, has held a service on the second Sunday of Advent with a cross on its lawn for each person killed that year by homicide in the community. This year saw more crosses than ever for its
Live Nativities, in which visitors drive — and sometimes, especially in warmer climes, walk — through a number of scenes retelling the biblical story of Jesus’s birth, have been popular around the U.S. for years. And it’s an idea whose time has come as the
Columnist Greg Mamula has noticed a trend in Baptist churches toward at least acknowledging classic Christian seasons like Advent more often. He writes that the good thing about seasons is that they come back around every year, allowing us to gain deeper understanding of each
Our Immanuel doesn’t offer us an escape. He comes to suffer with us. Read full piece
Our consumer society’s dependence on instant gratification has infected our religious practice. Advent comes with a countervailing message: Expect God to show up in unexpected places, like a subway car, a Zoom call, or a stable.
Editor Brian Kaylor reflects on Christmas (yes, he thinks it is too early to celebrate) and the news that our country can’t find the parents of 545 children that our government separated from their parents at the border.
Frankincense has been prized since ancient times as a potential panacea, and today it’s being used in everything from skin-care products to cancer treatments. But the frankincense tree is in peril.
(RNS) — “To be honest, this has been a hard year,” Sarah Bessey admitted. As November gave way to the holidays, she sent an email to subscribers of her Field Notes e-newsletter. It was titled, “Does Advent even matter when the world is on fire?”