Most Interesting Reading of 2021: Part One

Devotion

[This essay was originally published on February 26, 2016.] Time is limited. Earthly life ends with a period or even an exclamation point, not with an ellipsis. We are granted threescore and ten years, or, if strong enough, fourscore. Anything beyond that is an excess...
Most Interesting Reading of 2021: Part One

A Christmas Canard

Certain professing believers are detractors of Christmas observance. They insist that real Christians must not celebrate Christmas in either their homes or their churches. The objections that they raise fall into two broad categories. The first category is grounded in...
Most Interesting Reading of 2021: Part One

In the Bleak Midwinter

In one of the courses that I used to teach, I spent part of the semester discussing how hymns work. Hymns are poems, and poems are works of art. One of the principal ways in which art communicates is through analogy. A work of art sets up an analogy by drawing a...
Most Interesting Reading of 2021: Part One

Advent and Christmas

[This essay was originally published on December 7, 2012.] Any Christian discussion of holidays must begin with the recognition that we observe them in the absence of any biblical requirement. Does this mean that it is wrong to celebrate holidays? Not as long as the...