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December 20, 2016
Fourth Week of Advent: When You’re Stuck in the Waiting
This is the fourth in a weekly series of Advent devotionals by the Rev. Elizabeth...
December 14, 2016
Third Sunday of Advent: Expecting, but Not Yet Expecting
This is the third in a weekly series of Advent devotionals by the Rev. Elizabeth...
December 18, 2015
Reflections on Advent: Music, Mindfulness, and Movement Week 3 — Real Love
5:00am text messages that read, “please call me, its urgent” are harbingers of unfortunate news,...
December 17, 2015
Poverty: Advent Has Its Own Gifts
An argument with the spouse: his small, innocent observation unleashes the ghost of a thousand...
December 09, 2015
Reflections on Advent: Music, Mindfulness, and Movement, Week 2 — Embodying Peace
I had no idea what to expect. As my wife and I began the trek...
December 02, 2015
Reflections on Advent: Music, Mindfulness, and Movement
"I have found in my journey that music can play a powerful role in allowing...
November 24, 2015
Christ is the Refugee: A Christmas Hymn
This Christmas season, Christians across Europe and the United States will sing carols in praise...
November 17, 2015
Waiting with Anticipation: The Blessing of Advent
Maybe waiting is the best part of the holiday season.
November 11, 2015
#RedCups, #Mizzou, #VeteransDay
Yesterday I stopped at Starbucks for a coffee, and a little Snow Man sugar cookie for...
November 09, 2015
A More Colorful Children’s Sermon: A Q&A with Rev. Adam Walker Cleaveland
If you're one of those pastors (or parishioners!) who dreads the "Children's Moment" during worship,...
December 22, 2014
Yes, Mary Did Know. But Do We?
By the Rev. Jude Harmon Chartbusting this holiday season is Pentatonix’s cover of “Mary Did...
December 07, 2014
Advent Begins in the Experience of the Oppressed
"If you, like the magi, seek out the newborn Jesus this season, then this is...
November 28, 2014
A God with Skin on Her Face: Exploring the Mystery of Advent
Advent is derived from a Latin word meaning “arrival” or “coming.” The season of Advent...
November 18, 2014
Early Christmas Joy: Meditating with the Advent and Christmas Stories
The joy came to me early this year, in the form of Jan Johnson’s Taste...
November 17, 2014
Christmas as a Season: Sybil MacBeth’s “The Season of Nativity” and a Holiday Revolution
“The whole Nativity Season deserves to be relished.” ~Sybil MacBeth There is perhaps no holiday...
November 05, 2014
Away With the Manger
The annual rant is upon us: Thanksgiving is still weeks away, and already the stores...
November 04, 2014
Five Ways to Experience an Extreme Advent
By Sybil MacBeth Author, The Season of the Nativity: Confessions of an Advent, Christmas and...
December 18, 2013
Light Beings: Fourth Sunday in Advent
By Sea Raven Lectionary Reflections for the Fourth Sunday in Advent Isaiah 7:10-16 ;Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19;...
December 13, 2013
Welcoming the Stranger: A Q&A with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Two of my favorite Patheos bloggers - Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Bruce Reyes-Chow have published important books...
December 10, 2013
Being Human in December
A predominant message of this holiday season seems to be both loud and clear: Our...
December 02, 2013
Seasons of Gifts: Preaching Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany
I invite you to consider how your preaching through this season invites us to dwell...
December 03, 2012
Traveling Advent to Epiphany: Week 2
Traveling Advent to Epiphany: Roadside Assistance from Luke and Matthew A Meditation on the Gospel...
November 21, 2011
Why We Need Advent
Advent is a curious season in the Christian year. Perhaps before the identification of Christmas...
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