Recommended Reading: December 26 – January 1

Jesus, Joseph, and MaryHappy New Year dear readers! If you read one article this weekend, engage Christmas in the Middle of Something by Abrahm K-J.

For those of you with additional reading time during this busy season, check out the following selections below, gathered from around the interwebs over the past two weeks. As always, feel free to let me know if you think I’ve missed something worth reading via the comments section below. Continue reading

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Reflections on Beginning Anew (Semester)

Happy New Year hd wallpaper 2015For as far back as I can remember, the New Year has been something forth looking forward too. In the lull that follows the festivities and joy of Christmas (seeing old friends, eating too much good food, sharing gifts with family), having something to look forward to helps quite the spirit. “New” is invigorating – the past is behind us, our errors may be forgotten, and the future stands bright before us. This isn’t to suggest that everything new is necessarily good; history and experience indicate otherwise, and we would be wise to heed those lessons. Instead, the New Year and its accompanying newness offer us an opportunity to better our world, those around us, and ourselves. There is something cathartic about ringing in the New Year that propels us into the winter (at least for a while).  Continue reading