Category: Advent

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Advent 2012 Day 19 The Fruit of Distraction

My husband is the smartest man in the world. He always gets the perfect gift. He learned a valuable secret early on in our marriage…he just buys petite and saves the receipt. If you’re like me, the greatest challenge of Christmas is not finding coordinating wrapping paper and bows; it’s not preparing the perfect Christmas ...

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Advent 2012 Day 18 Beyond the Rhetoric

I wrote yesterday about what it looks like to live as citizens of God’s kingdom and how our lives are to be marked by love, compassion and justice.  This seems to be contrasted by the story I read this week of a Christian man in our community who put up at large wooden sign in ...

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Advent 2012 Day 17 Marks of the Kingdom

Yesterday I wrote about how the kingdom of God is a kingdom that is both already and not yet.  Advent marked the beginning to the rule and reign of God in our hearts and lives with the coming of Christ incarnate. So Jesus was not only talking about a place or an afterlife or future ...

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Advent 2012 Day 16 The Now But Not Yet Kingdom

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne ...

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Advent 2012 Day 15 Sacredness of the Ordinary

“Majesty in the midst of the mundane. Holiness in the filth of sheep manure and sweat. Divinity entering the world on the floor of a stable, through the womb of a teenager and in the presence of a carpenter…the merchants are unaware that God has visited the planet. The innkeeper would never believe that he ...

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Advent 2012 Day 14 A Theology Compatible with Suffering

I am heartbroken. As I struggle for words to add anything to the many voices that have already articulated our societal voice of sadness, grief and outrage so well, I was reminded of one thing: that ours must be a faith that is able to stand the realities of this world. Or it is good ...

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Advent 2012 Day 13 The Most Wonderful, Awful Time of the Year

Christmas is the most wonderful, awful time of the year. Yesterday I wrote about the wonder of Christmas. For the casual reader, you may have thought it another piece about candlelight, a starlit night, neatly (or extravagantly) wrapped presents, or an intact family gathered around the uncarved turkey on an elaborately coordinated table setting, and ...