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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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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.

Advent, The Four Last Things: Heaven

But what if heaven is not primarily a place of peace, but instead a community, created by communal participation in the divine life? Such a conception of heaven allows us to begin to imagine it as a place of communal accountability — a place where all can be welcome only because all are responsible to one another: a place of justice.

Advent, The Four Last Things: Judgment

Judgment is not a topic the church often wants to contemplate, but it is not one we can avoid. How can we understand the dialectic of God’s judgment and mercy at the final coming of Christ so that divine judgment — and not just the hope of avoiding it — is for us something to be desired, not just feared?


The Antichrist signals the very real possibility that humanity may be forced to come face to face with what it actually is, with all its ruinous, deceptive and disintegrating desire.


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