Online Advent Calendar for Wednesday, November 30

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent doodle for Wednesday, November 30. For the last seven years, I have put up an online Advent calendar during the season of Advent. It featured pictures suitable for the season, matched with passages of Scripture. This year, I’m doing an online Advent Calendar once [Read More...]

Anti-Wall Street Fervor on College Campuses Reflects a Lack of Vision

Harvard Business School from the air. Photo from WikiCommons.

In a recent edition of the New York Times I read an article that I found both fascinating and disturbing. In “At Top Colleges, Anti-Wall St. Fervor Complicates Recruiting,” Kevin Roose describes the efforts of students in the Occupy Wall Street movement to keep their fellow students from interviewing for jobs in banking and finance. [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Tuesday, November 29

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent doodle for Tuesday, November 29. For the last seven years, I have put up an online Advent calendar during the season of Advent. It featured pictures suitable for the season, matched with passages of Scripture. This year, I’m doing an online Advent Calendar once [Read More...]

Christmas, Culture, and Christ: Do We Need a Little Christmas?

Black Friday crowd waiting to get into the Apple Store on 5th Ave. in New York. Photo from JoeInQueens via Flickr.

In the Broadway musical Mame, eccentric Mame Dennis loses her fortune in the Wall Street crash of 1929. Believing that she and her household need some cheering up, she sings what has now become a popular holiday song, “We Need a Little Christmas.” The final chorus rings with seasonal desire: Slice up the fruitcake; It’s [Read More...]

Three Thumbs Up for “Discovering Advent”

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I’m pleased to have recently read three online reviews of my new e-book, Discovering Advent: How to Experience the Power of Waiting on God at Christmastime. The first appears at Faith, Fiction, Friends, the blog of Glynn Young. After sharing his own experience of knowing very little about Advent, Glynn writes: I knew what [Advent] [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Monday, November 28

Click on the image to the right to see the Advent doodle for Monday, November 28. For the last seven years, I have put up an online Advent calendar during the season of Advent. It featured pictures suitable for the season, matched with passages of Scripture. This year, I’m doing an online Advent Calendar once [Read More...]

Don’t Stress About Christmas: The High Calling Interviews Me About Advent

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Recently, I was interviewed by The High Calling on the topic of Advent. Well, strictly speaking, I was interviewed by Marcus Goodyear, the Senior Editor of The High Calling and one of my colleagues at Foundations for Laity Renewal. Marcus does a fine interview, which means, from my point of view, that his questions were [Read More...]

Online Advent Calendar for Sunday, November 27

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Click on the image to the right to see today’s Advent doodle. For the last seven years, I have put up an online Advent calendar during the season of Advent. It featured pictures suitable for the season, matched with passages of Scripture. This year, I’m doing an online Advent Calendar once again, but with some [Read More...]

The First Sunday of Advent: Waiting for the Shepherd

An Advent wreath with the first candle lit, signifiying our yearning for our shepherd.

Waiting for the Shepherd Isaiah 40:1-11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young. Isaiah 40:11 This is the first Sunday in Advent, the beginning of the season in which Christians [Read More...]

Advent Begins Tomorrow. Today Is The Last Day of the Christian Year. Should You Care?

A chart of the Christian or Liturgical Year, with the typical colors and themes identified. To see a higher resolution version of this chart, click the thumbnail above.

Tomorrow is the first day of Advent. In yesterday’s post, I encouraged you to get ready for Advent. Today, I want to think with you about the broader context in which Advent makes sense. Today is the last day of the Christian Year, also known as the Liturgical Year or the Church Year. For those [Read More...]

Get Ready for Advent!

One tangible thing you might want to do in preparation for Advent is to make an Advent wreath like the one I made a few years ago.

Advent is coming. It’s time to get ready. You might be wondering, “How do I get ready for Advent? There aren’t any presents to buy. No parties to throw. No decorations to put up. So what am I supposed to do to get ready?” It is true that, compared to its more popular cousin, Christmas, [Read More...]

Reflection for Thanksgiving Day

Reflection for Thanksgiving Day Psalm 100:1-5 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4 On this Thanksgiving Day, Americans are encouraged to pause and give thanks to God. In his Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863, President Abraham Lincoln wrote: “The year that is [Read More...]

Do You Want a Happy Thanksgiving? A Serving of Gratitude May Save the Day

Thanksgiving dinner with members of my family.

Part 9 of series: Thanksgiving: Not Just a Day, But a Season Do You Want a Happy Thanksgiving? A Serving of Gratitude May Save the Day Do you want a happy Thanksgiving? According to John Tierney, writing for the New York Times, “A Serving of Gratitude May Save the Day.” And more than just the [Read More...]

Today’s Daily Reflection: Be Thankful in All Circumstances

Be Thankful in All Circumstances 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, so I have set apart this whole week for reflections on gratitude. Today, I want to consider a verse [Read More...]

Wedged Between Glenn Beck and The Christmas Dog

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First, I want to say thanks to those who have purchased my new (and first) e-book, Discovering Advent: How to Experience the Power of Waiting on God at Christmastime. And for those who would like to buy the book but do not own an e-reader, I apologize for not having a way to distribute the [Read More...]

Dear God, Thank You For This Crummy Job

Do you ever feel like this at work?

Part 9 of series: Thanksgiving: Not Just a Day, But a Season Dear God, Thank You For This Crummy Job I just read a wonderful and timely piece on being thankful for a job even if it’s a crummy one. David Rupert begins his article for The High Calling this way: I remember the days [Read More...]


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