Becoming

Mary breaks into a cold, damp sweat, her eyes bloodshot, her skin crawling as she takes one more breath and screams, pushing baby into open air, riding a rush of adrenaline and blood so pure that it can on... Read More...

Emmanuel, the LORD

At Christmas, we sing hymns and carols that call the child born to Mary and Joseph “Lord.” But we are told that more and more, the use of that title is outdated, sexist, and perhaps even a sort of theological “microagression” against some of the folks in the pews.

No sweet little town of Bethlehem

As a young child, one of the first Christmas songs I learned was "O Little Town of Bethlehem." I began to think of the song as sweet but a little schmaltzy until I learned that Philips Brooks wrote the song after visiting the town itself.

A call to arms

Just the other day, I was reflecting on an influential saint of modern times, whose voluminous songbook has had considerable influence across the globe. His Christian name is Vincent Damon Furnier, but extant e... Read More...

God making room

"He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him." At the nativity, there was no room for God in the world.