By Joel A. Hess - Every year, a little bit of my love for Christmas dies. I don’t want it to. I hold on tightly in November. I turn up the tunes and decorate my office right after Thanksgiving. Each year, the tree goes up faster and with less ceremony. Each year, I pause less … Continue reading When Christmas dies, it finally becomes real
By Hillary Asbury - The Annunciation is a very common subject in classical art. Almost every Medieval and Renaissance master painted their own version of this scene, and its easy to understand why. It centers around one of the most fascinating and mysterious aspects of our faith: the virgin conception of our Lord. It depicts … Continue reading The Annunciation
By Tim Winterstein - A couple years ago at the Newport Beach Film Festival, when my brother said I needed to watch a film called California Typewriter, I laughed. I didn't care about typewriters; I certainly didn't want to watch a whole movie about them. Maybe you would share that reaction. What could possibly be … Continue reading Magic in the Keys
By Cindy Koch - Imagine you are sleeping. The room is completely dark and quiet. Your body is completely still. You even have a little drool dripping out of the corner of your mouth onto your pillow. As far as you know, everything is going just fine. You are resting in a dreamland, not thinking … Continue reading Exposed by the Light
By Hillary Asbury - Mary and Joseph look on as the wise men kneel before the Christ child and we are reminded that our Savior comes to us in our humanity, in our brokenness, and not by our own merit. He comes to us first, while we are still sinners, unworthy, and in need. Download … Continue reading Illustration of the Month: “Prince of Peace”
By Paul Koch - Gathering in our Lord’s house on Thanksgiving Day is an easy thing to do. It is, after all, a national Day of Thanksgiving. And so, if you are to give thanks this is the place to do it. This is a place where you worship our Lord, a place where he … Continue reading Giving Thanks
By Joel A. Hess - In his argument with Erasmus about free will, Luther makes a profound case for the clarity of Holy Scripture and knowing the mind of God. One of Erasmus’ methods of dismantling Luther’s assertions was to point to the mystery and unknownness of God. He called to his side verses such … Continue reading Did God Really Say?