“In the Fullness of Time” – An Advent Devotional on the theology of time

As Christians, it is right and proper that our calendar, the liturgical calendar, should begin with Advent, for it is Christ’s advent which changes time. Time begins again; history turns a new page and the ancient prophecies are given new meaning. Advent is a beginning, but it is also a longing; an anticipation.Read more…

Frame from Its A Wonderful Life showing George Bailey on the bridge discovering Zuzus petals in his pocket.

Science In Review — Christmas Craft

At a neighborhood Christmas party, I had a lively and stimulating conversation about some of the technical elements of filmmaking–editing, cinematography, action choreography, and the like. . . . Now, if you’ve made it this far, you’re possibly wondering why I’m talking so much about art in a column nominally about science. I think it helps to illuminate how I think about magic, and how that relates to miracles. . . .Read more…

Scholar’s Compass: Sir Gawain Seeks Christmas

One of my favourite Medieval, Middle-English poems (if you don’t have one you really should), is Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. It begins at a Christmas feast in King Arthur’s court. All are feasting and laughing when suddenly a giant of a man comes riding into the hall where the courtiers are feasting.Read more…

Advent: Expecting Our Hope to Be Fulfilled (Scholar’s Compass)

In the Northern Hemisphere, Advent coincides with shortening days and falling temperatures, the dormant season for most plants and animals. In the Christian calendar, Advent prepares us for the celebration of Christmas. This season of expectation and longing overlays Israel’s long wait for the Messiah with our own long wait for the Messiah’s return.Read more…

Advent Awakening: How The Story of the Wise Men Can Transform Our Worship Once Again (Scholar’s Compass)

As I sank down in my chair, I felt deeply frustrated. Another ‘through the bible in a year’ reading finished. My smartphone app congratulated me with a ‘great job,’ but it felt hollow and empty. I had read the words, but they weren’t transforming me.Read more…

Theotokos – Mary as the Mother of God. An Advent Devotional

This Advent season, I have been thinking about two topics which might help stir up some thinking about the incarnation which are buried deep in the history of theology and do not get much thought. The first comes from the fifth century – the controversy centered on Mary as the theotokos – the mother of God. Read more…