Celebrating the Season of Light

Celebrating the Season of Light

I’m one of those people who gets pretty excited to take down the Christmas decorations because, despite how much I adore them, I love that fresh, clean slate. This year, however, I decided to leave a few bits and bobs up – mostly, the dried oranges, evergreen...
Advent and JRR Tolkien | Joy and Peace

Advent and JRR Tolkien | Joy and Peace

We’ve made it through the darkness. We’ve maintained hope that light will emerge, that good will overcome. We’re ready to celebrate. Tolkien’s tale of Middle Earth is like a traditional epic in that it follows a story of good versus evil where...
Advent and JRR Tolkien | Hope and Faith

Advent and JRR Tolkien | Hope and Faith

Last week, I mused over themes of darkness and light in Tolkien’s works, linking them to the prevailing theme of light overcoming darkness that we recognize during Advent. This week, I move to the two themes represented by weeks one and two of the traditional...
Advent and JRR Tolkien | Darkness and Light

Advent and JRR Tolkien | Darkness and Light

Advent is upon us! For those unfamiliar with the liturgical tradition and traditional church year calendar, Advent is more than a calendar counting down the days towards Christmas. Instead, it is a season all its own and one of significance in the Christian faith. In...
Samhain + Celtic Christianity

Samhain + Celtic Christianity

A few years ago, I discovered Thomas Cahill’s book How the Irish Saved Civilization and was utterly fascinated. A longtime Anglophile, the Celtic traditions of Ireland and Scotland weigh heavy in my heart and my imagination. I was able to travel to Scotland...
Nationalism + Christianity

Nationalism + Christianity

This is a topic that has been on my mind and heart for quite some time. It is by no means something that I have rectified or come to any sincere conclusions concerning; rather, I sense it will be an ongoing struggle as we move ever forward into new ages of this world....