Merry Christmas from Emerging Scholars Network

During this Christmas season, we pray that you would find joy in Christ, the light of the world. We thought this ancient hymn [Of the Father’s Love Begotten] would be a helpful reflection for the last Sunday of Advent and for Christmas a few days later. May God bless you richly in this season! – The ESN TeamRead more…

“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…