A Season for the Reason

Isaiah 64:1-9 (NIV) 1 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! 2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! 3 For when you…

Beginning at the End

Mark 13:24-37 (NIV) “But in those days, following that distress, “‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.…

An Aggregation of Advent Resources

‘Tis the season…to start looking for seasonal resources. Many of us search for ways to walk more deeply in the Story of God, especially when our exterior worlds are illuminated by Christmas catalogs, sparkling lights, and Elves on Shelves beginning in October. If your family, like mine, tries to embrace Advent’s waiting and anticipation as…

Waiting with Mary & A Sock Monkey

A Meditation for the Fourth Week of Advent I was reading an Advent devotion this morning which sought to capture Mary’s emotions. Joseph was preparing to divorce her quietly because of her pregnancy. She felt alone, bearing a mysterious child in her womb, with only God’s promise to cling to. The final words of the reading encouraged…

Lingering Leaves 12.20.13

Here are a few notable ponderances from the internet world this third week of Advent. Thoughts about topics including women in ministry, personhood, the Pope, contemporary art, and Advent blessing. May they enhance your waiting, resting, rejoicing, praying. The Church Jeremiah Gibbs shares 4 reasons why ordaining women is no longer an optional concept for the church,…

Depression & Advent

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14 I’m a big fan of seasons, and I’m wholeheartedly supportive of marking them in ways that bring remembrance, depth, and…

Lingering Leaves 12.13.13

Lingering Leaves are our top picks from the blog and news sources we follow. Here are a few notable ponderances from this second week of Advent. May they enhance your waiting, resting, rejoicing, praying. The Church Pastor Kyle Childress compares Advent to his grandfather’s old pickup truck, with all the endurance needed to get where…