Advent

Whatever Happened to Saint Nicholas?

By |2018-12-05T15:40:17-05:00December 6th, 2014|Categories: Christmas, Dwight Longenecker|Tags: |

How did a fourth-century heretic slapping bishop from Southern Turkey wind up being a fat, Coca-Cola-swigging American elf? Saint Nicholas was born into a wealthy Christian family in the third century. His parents died in a plague, and having inherited the family fortune, he decided to obey the radical call of Christ and give [...]

Reimagining Race: Ferguson in the Shadow of Advent

By |2014-12-03T00:49:09-05:00December 3rd, 2014|Categories: Christianity|Tags: , |

On August 9th, 2014, an eighteen-year-old unarmed black man was shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Almost immediately, a firestorm of protest and civil unrest ensued, demanding a federal investigation of the Ferguson police department and its history of violence against black men. When [...]

Autumn Enchantments: Celebrating the Sturdy Shoulders of Two Literary Giants

By |2018-10-06T16:59:04-05:00December 16th, 2013|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

Now that Thanksgiving is over and Advent is upon us, the last of the leaves are falling from the trees here in Scotland and the hours of daylight are dwindling. Looking back on my first semester at St. Andrews, I realized how fortunate I was to have been able to celebrate in a very [...]

Advent 1955

By |2018-12-08T00:32:53-05:00December 5th, 2012|Categories: Advent, Christmas, Poetry|Tags: |

The Advent wind begins to stir With sea-like sounds in our Scotch fir, It's dark at breakfast, dark at tea, And in between we only see Clouds hurrying across the sky And rain-wet roads the wind blows dry And branches bending to the gale Against great skies all silver pale The world seems travelling into [...]