Category: Advent

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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 ...

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Advent 2012 Day 12 The Wonder of Christmas

“Take surprise out of faith and all that is left is dry and dead religion. Take away, mystery from the gospel and all that is left is a frozen and petrified dogma. Lose your awe of God and you are left with an impotent deity. Abandon astonishment and you are left with meaningless piety. When ...

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Advent 2012 Day 11 The Measure of Our Lives

Did you realize when God sent His son, Jesus to come to this earth, he gave his Son TWO names?  Do you remember what they are? “Jesus” which means “Savior.” Matthew 1:21 – “She will give birth to a on, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people ...

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Advent 2012 Day 10 The Discovered Life

A virgin conceiving. An arch angel appearing. God taking on flesh. Parenting the Savior of the world. What do you do with things too hard to comprehend?  What do you do when the ways and purposes of God dismantles your carefully planned life? How do you to take it all in without having a panic ...

Advent 2012 Day 9 The God Who Stoops

“Many people visualize a god who sits comfortably on a distant throne, remote, aloof, uninterested and indifferent to the needs of mortals, until they can badger him into taking action on their behalf. The Bible reveals a God who, long before it even occurs to man to turn to Him, while man is still lost ...

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Advent 2012 day 8 What Joy!

This is the Second Sunday of Advent. If you are using an Advent wreath, you light the second candle (along with the first), appropriately called the “Joy” candle. “My soul glorifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”  Luke 1:46 I wrote earlier of Mary’s incredible response to the angel Gabriel’s proclamation ...

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Advent 2012 Day 7 A Life of Worship

Matt. 2:11 – “On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him.” Luke 2:20 – “The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” Surrounding the birth of Christ ...

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Advent 2012 Day 5 Peace on Earth

Luke 2:14 – “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” At Christmas time we sing about peace on earth and send Christmas cards (or e-cards) with the same sentiment. The reality of our world reminds us how desperately we need peace.  Daily we read about ...