Top Posts of 2016, No. 4: About That Trump-Hillary Post...


 


Death. Politics. Relational strife. 2016 was a wild and difficult year. You might think we’re gluttons for punishment to rehash the major storylines from the past 12 months, but sometimes by looking back we can more clearly see the way forward. As preparation for 2017, we’ll be reposting the five most-popular posts of 2016 from All Things New. God is the author of history, and because of that, our reflection can be an opportunity for gratitude and hope.

The countdown continues at No. 4 with the Summitview pastors’ explanation for why a post in July about the 2016 election was taken down from ATN. Political controversy in 2016? No way.


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Top Posts of 2016, No. 5: Jim Carrey Is the Bearded Sage We Need in Our Age of Discontent


 


Death. Politics. Relational strife. 2016 was a wild and difficult year. You might think we’re gluttons for punishment to rehash the major storylines from the past 12 months, but sometimes by looking back we can more clearly see the way forward. As preparation for 2017, we’ll be reposting the five most-popular posts of 2016 from All Things New. God is the author of history, and because of that, our reflection can be an opportunity for gratitude and hope.

The countdown begins at No. 5 with Trevor Sides’s appreciation of Jim Carrey’s Golden Globes speech back in February. It’s a fitting way to begin our re-examination of 2016 because Carrey’s speech is about perspective and contentment, two things we would do well to embrace as we begin the calendar anew.


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Cultivate Hospitality This Christmas with Your Words


Nervous about politically charged conversations over the Christmas holiday? Give peace and goodwill a fighting chance with wise words and a hospitable culture.

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Christmas Movies Are the Best Movies


 

Watching Christmas movies can be a love-forming, Big Story-enhancing ritual.

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In the Bleak Midwinter, Jesus Appears as Light and Life


 


In this season of Christmas, when so many things compete for my attention, it is the lights of Christmas that remind me that it is also the season of Advent, a season of holy waiting.

In the early morning hours, I slip downstairs and light the candles on my Advent wreath and in votives depicting the manger scene. In the midst of December darkness, soft light shines through both the room and my heart. In the still of the morning I read of the One who was foretold, who is named in so many ways.

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