For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 NRSV These are familiar words this time of year. You may be humming the music from Messiah now. This Advent we’ll spend some time […]
Today is the first Sunday of Advent*. As regular readers know, this is a time of year when I feel particularly disconnected from modern culture. The onslaught of “Christmas” that surrounds us in our culture tends to make me cranky rather than festive. Blogging my way through a few Advents has been helpful- at least […]
It’s Christmas time for society but it is Advent for Christians. Advent is a season of waiting for the Messiah to return. That’s right – return. Traditionally Advent is about Jesus’ return rather than his birth. But most churches focus on Jesus’ birth rather than his return. But it is good to think about both, […]
More and more Protestants are celebrating Advent, and that is a good thing. Advent is a season of the church year that leads up to Christmas. You can read more about Advent here and here. People celebrate Advent during worship at church and also with devotions in their homes. Often people talk about Advent as […]
Every year I post a variety of Advent resources at the True North Campus Ministry web site. If you are interested you can find them here. A Blessed Advent to you.
One of the good things about following the church year and the lectionary is that the same texts and same holidays keep showing up. I know, this is twenty-first century America and I’m supposed to be constantly on the search for the new and the novel. Routine and repetition are boring and bad. But one […]
The images of the “Holiday season” are lovely aren’t they? Multi-generation families happy, healthy, and whole. Friends sharing food and good times. People at peace with themselves and with each other. But these images also point out the distance between the way we want our lives to be and the reality that falls so short […]