Jerusalem the Golden

By Mac Stewart We should think about heaven more. Yes, I know: it’s important to avoid being so heavenly minded as to be no earthly good; we mustn’t promise people pie in the sky when they die as an excuse f... Read More...

The End of the World as We Know It?

By Matthew Kemp Several years ago, I came across an interesting collection of photos, which were sort of “then and now” pictures from sites of various battles from World War I. Someone had placed pictures of the war’s devastation of both countryside and cit... Read More...

The Four Last Things Redux

By Hannah Bowman The traditional “four last things” of Advent — death, judgment, heaven, and hell — direct Christians’ attention to the world to come. But these Advent themes speak as well to the work alrea... Read More...

God is Now

By Chip Prehn The season of Advent is full of warnings, but in A.D. 2020 there is a diffuse perfume of apocalypse in the air.  The plague appears to be spreading.  The economy is uncertain.  Many sectors hav... Read More...

The Advent Gospel of the Chicago Cubs

By Zac Koons Allow me to refresh your memory: It’s 2016, game seven of the World Series, bottom of the tenth inning. There are two outs, the Chicago Cubs are up by one run, and Michael Martinez of the Cleveland Indians is at the plate. On the second pitch, ... Read More...

Where to Look for New Life

By Wesley Hill During the afternoon of Maundy Thursday, as I sat writing in my office, the sun burst through the colorless gauze that had been hanging over Pittsburgh for most of Holy Week. I quickly checked... Read More...

Advent, The Four Last Things: Hell

Jesus’ coming in Advent is not only his coming as an infant in Bethlehem, nor only his coming as our judge at the end of time. It is also his coming to the depths of death and judgment: his presence in hell which grants it its truest, realest existence while at the same time undoing its sting with infinite mercy. Jesus’ presence in hell is the paradoxical symbol of justice that promises us the fullness of mercy and the fullness of judgment of God.