How is God coming into the world this Advent? A Theoblogger Challenge

Patheos recently invited responses in 100 words or less to the question, ‎”How is God coming into the world this Advent?” My response was the following:

At the first Advent (so to speak), the angel said to Mary about the still-unborn Jesus, “Blessed is the fruit of your womb” (Lk. 1:42). (See the precedent in Dt. 28:4.) This Advent, God is being birthed into the world again wherever there is what Paul called the “fruit of the Spirit . . . love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23). Whenever we follow Jesus’ way of loving-kindness and allow God to make the fruit of the Spirit manifest in our daily life, we allow for the possibility of #OccupyAdvent!

Read the rest of the responses from some of my fellow Patheos bloggers here.

The Rev. Carl Gregg is a trained spiritual director, a D.Min. candidate at San Francisco Theological Seminary, and the pastor of Broadview Church in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. Follow him on Facebook ( and Twitter (@carlgregg).

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  • Scott Gay

    In your search Box, I typed in George Barna-response being “sorry, you are looking for something that isn’t here”.
    I typed in John Wesley-response took me to Wesley Ariarajah

    An instinct to personal experience(and not leaving reasonble out) does put one on a different trajectory landing on starkly different end points. But in this case of “How is God coming into the world this Advent”, au contraire.
    Barna believes his most important book to be “Maximum Faith” Metaformation,2011. In the end, describing the big picture he identifies three challenges. The big first challenge is that people fail to realize that the end game of spiritual development is godly character, as shown in the fruits of the Spirit. Not accomplishments through worship, evangelism, discipleship, stewardship, service, and community.

    Now to John Wesley from his foundational sermon “Scriptural Christianity”, his last sermon before the University, August 24, 1744- “Without busying ourselves…(about) extraordinary gifts of the Spirit, let us..(look) at the ordinary fruits, which is that great work of God among the children of men, which we are used to express by one word, Christianity. Not as it implies a set of opinions, a system of doctrines, but as it refers to people’s hearts and lives”.

    • jcarlgregg

      Thanks, Scott, for the response and references. Peace to you this day.