Fleming Rutledge reflects on the aptness of Advent and Christmas taking place during the depths of the northern hemisphere’s winter through days of extending darkness, so close to the longest night of the year. In Australia we celebrate Christmas just after the longest day, it is 8.30pm and the homes festooned in seasonal lights still …

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The idea that Jesus’ second coming is to rescue his people from the suffering that this dark world inflicts on us is an important hope. So is the reality that Jesus’ second coming will rescue his people from the darkness that dwells within us. As time goes by the second aspect of the rescue means …

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Crucifixion was intended to erase those who were subjected to it from history. Forgotten and not worth remembering. Yet one individual who was crucified is not only remembered, but has defined history. What made the difference for that one individual? Resurrection. From Fleming Rutledge. It should therefore be affirmed with no ambivalence or ambiguity whatsoever: …

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A culture that exalts the image of the self will also sing along to Amazing Grace. Past generations of Christians had little problem thinking of themselves as wretches (in contrast to wretched). What do they think they’re singing? From Fleming Rutledge. It is baffling that our whole society knows and apparently loves to sing “Amazing …

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