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How to Experience the Power of Waiting on God at Christmastime
Mark D. Roberts, the widely read writer and scholar in residence at Laity Lodge, describes how he discovered the power of waiting on God while waiting in an endless checkout line during the busy Christmas season. In a moment, Roberts went from frustration to elation, and so began his journey into Advent.
Advent is the observance of the Christmas season as the Christians of yesteryear knew it--and as many millions of Christians know it today. But modern evangelicals have mostly left Advent behind, and in so doing, have lost some of the power and majesty of the season where we celebrate the coming of God to live among us. In this ebook, Roberts gives us the gift of Advent again by sharing his story, explaining the practices of the season, and offering us a guide to use as we observe Advent in our churches and homes.
About the Author
The Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a pastor, author, retreat leader, speaker, and blogger. Since October 2007 he has been the Senior Director and Scholar-in-Residence for Laity Lodge, a multifaceted ministry in the Hill Country of Texas. Before coming to Laity Lodge, he was for sixteen years the Senior Pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church in Irvine, California. Mark studied at Harvard University, receiving a B.A. in Philosophy, an M.A. in the Study of Religion, and a Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian Origins. He has taught classes in New Testament for Fuller Theological Seminary and San Francisco Theological Seminary. Mark has written several books, including No Holds Barred: Wrestling with God in Prayer (WaterBrook, 2005), Dare to Be True (WaterBrook, 2003), Jesus Revealed (WaterBrook, 2002), After "I Believe" (Baker, 2002), and Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (Word, 1993). His most recent book is Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (Crossway, 2007). He is currently working on a commentary on Ephesians that will be published by Zondervan in 2014.