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On Break-Ins and Broken Hearts: An Advent Reflection

By Kristyn Komarnicki We love movies about clever heists, where high-tech and highly organized thieves outwit security systems and break into “uncrackable” safes. We thrill to scenes of Cary Grant scaling rooftops in Hitchcock’s...

God’s Strange Art

By Makoto Fujimura A teenage girl claims an angel told her she’d have a virgin birth. Her fiancé is hesitant to believe her. She gives birth in a stable. The people who come to visit...

Was Jesus Ever Hangry?

By John Backman Did Jesus ever lose his cool? Did he doubt his mission? Really, how human was Jesus—and what does the answer mean for us? Lately, while studying the Gospel of Matthew, I’ve...

Entering Darkness to Find Light

By Phileena Heuertz Years ago, my friends Jeelan and Nazreen gave me the gift of physical sight. Jeelan was born into an Urdu-speaking folk Muslim family in the heart of South India’s Tamil Nadu....

The Eve of Advent

By Eberhard Arnold In the past God spoke…through the prophets at many times and in various ways. ~ Hebrews 1:1 Advent is a time in which we share in the longing of all those...

La Posada Sin Fronteras: Mary and Joseph at the Border

By Karen González Every year from December 16 to 24, Las Posadas begin in many Latin American countries and immigrant communities in the U.S. Roughly translated, posadas means “inn” or “shelter.” Las Posadas recalls the events in Luke’s Gospel leading...

Proximity and Presence

By Jonathan Brooks At Canaan we are trying to live into our tagline “the church where love makes the difference,” which we have found to be a very dangerous statement. Christians often tell people...