It is the tension between belief and experience that Portland, Oregon-based pastor, professor, and author A.J. Swoboda explores in A Glorious Dark. In it, a means of navigating between these poles is identified: hope. And yet, Swoboda does not offer this as a huckster’s panacea, but rather, as a sincere solution – one characterized more by grit than gloss.
Advent is a season of waiting with hope. But what is hope? What makes hope explicitly a Christian thing to do? And what’s so important about hope? It’s easy to use the word hope the way the world does: to mean a desire or a wishful expectation, but not a certainty. One might say, “I’m…Continue reading 3 Things to Know about Hope: A Christian Reflection