Time departing toward the end of one history and the beginning of another. Or is it the same history, burdened to relive the momentum of actions past forever and ever? History, wandering aimlessly so, seeks relief from the end of all ends. “The end of history in the sense of the inner aim or the … Continue reading The End of History
is it that this next year is only next, the latest in a sequence of years, or that it’s just gotta replace the prior year, or it damn well better be different than last year? do we vote for different or replacing vs. embracingwhat came before? will this next new yearonly be new because it never … Continue reading what makes a year new or happy?
The significance of the birth of Jesus logically rests upon Calvary. This is not just the logic of faith. It builds from the logic of human lived experience. Is it not in the face of death that we tend to contemplate the value of the life that was lived and thereby ascribe new meaning to … Continue reading In the Shadow of the Possible: Reconstructing the Journey Between Bethlehem and Golgotha
You can listen to a reading of this essay here. “A secret always makes you tremble.” Christmas seems to tantalize my imagination like no other holiday. I can’t explain it, but there’s something I find enticing about this time of year. There’s a joy in waiting, in anticipating something I know arrives every year, and … Continue reading The Secret Gift of Christmas
Emmanuel Buteau is back for another special “Conversations” episode of the Liminal Theology Podcast. Here Emmanuel and Jonathan Best explore contemporary issues and concerns through practical theology and liminality. In this episode, Emmanuel and Jonathan look closely at the challenge of Christmas. It begins with an exploration of “What’s next?” but swiftly turns into a … Continue reading Conversations: The Challenge of Christmas (Episode 17)