John, This One’s For You!

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Christmas Words: Immanuel

One of the richest Advent texts is this one: All of this happened to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and he will be called Immanuel (meaning, God is with us)” (Matthew 1:22-23). [Read more...]

Divine Embrace 10

“God’s story,” Robert Webber argues in chp 6 of The Divine Embrace, “is the brief interpretation of everything” (142). [Read more...]

Emerging Football, Emerging Theology

Tonight’s game between the Bears and the Vikings pits McKnight against John Franke. [Read more...]

To T from Scot

As many of you know who follow this blog, T won the “To Scot from Scot” challenge. We ordered his choice of crocs (Sobek, chocolate/khaki) and they should be on their way (no shipping cost, can’t beat that). And he chose Praying with the Church. The book is also on its way. Congrats to T! [Read More...]

Christmas Words: Save

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus [Yeshua -- YHWH saves], because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Christmas is about salvation and God saves at Advent. Here is a word that has fallen out of favor with many today since it [Read More...]

Praying with the Church

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen. [Read more...]

3d Sunday of Advent

Today we relight the first two candles of the Advent wreath. The candle of HOPE and the candle of PEACE. [Read more...]

Prayerbooks and the Church

There is a steady supply of prayer books, but the new one by Thomas Oden and Cindy Crosby, Ancient Christian Devotional, is unique. If you’d like to draw deeply on Orthodoxy’s rich heritage, this is the book for you. Here’s what we get daily and there is one chapter for each week of the church [Read More...]

Now Brewing

We are now brewing one of the finest coffees one can find — and winner of all kinds of awards — Intelligentsia, Chicago’s own and best coffee. We are drinking Black Cat Espresso. It has that hint of chocolate and a mild taste with a great aroma — no bitter taste like you know which [Read More...]