[Daily Advent Reflection] The Whoring Bride of Christ.

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The Whoring Bride of Christ. Daily Advent Reflection. Chris Smith. Hosea 6:1-6 Thursday December 1, 2011We ride our bikes around the circle in the cemetery, Weaving. I wave up to You on the Cross. Am I to come upon You suddenly Like this forever? Happy, relieved that You are here and I can see You, I can feel You? --- You are like the ticket-half I find inside the pocket of my old leaf-raking coat. There all the time, all the while, forgotten. I so often seem to leave You in churches and other islands. And on my beads where I can see You, I can feel … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] Incarnating Christ in our Places.

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Incarnating Christ in Our Places. Daily Advent Reflection. Chris Smith. Micah 5:1-5a Wednesday November 30, 2011Because we have not made our lives to fit Our places, the forests are ruined, the fields eroded, The streams polluted, the mountains overturned. Hope Then to belong to your place by your own knowledge Of what it is that no other place is, and by Your caring for it as you care for no other place, this Place that you belong to though it is not yours, For it was from the beginning and will be to the end -Wendell Berry, from “Sabbath Poems 2007, VI.” [ Read the ful … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] The Immense Joy of Christ’s Victory

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The Immense Joy of Christ’s Victory Slow Church Daily Advent Reflection. Chris Smith. Revelation 18 Tuesday November 29, 2011Joy to the world! The Lord is come Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare him room And heaven and nature singJoy to the earth! The Saviour reigns Let men their songs employ While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains Repeat the sounding joyJoy To The World by Sufjan StevensThese daily Slow Church Advent Reflections are based on the Daily Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). We love for you to read a … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] Fear Not!

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Fear Not! Slow Church Daily Advent Reflection. Chris Smith. Micah 4:1-5 Monday November 28, 2011What are you running from, my love? What’s this thing you're guilty of? Follow me and never feel accusedBut you never do believe a word I say And you never did believe there'd be day of reckoningSo you run and you run and you run and you never stop And you work and you work until you drop You're in over your head and the pressure just don't quit But you can't escape the reach of love-- The Call, “You Run” - Listen:  [ Youtube ] These daily Slow Church Advent Reflections ar … [Read more...]

“Get Ready, A Baby is Coming” A Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent

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"Get Ready, A Baby is Coming" A Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent By Ragan SutterfieldA couple of weeks ago it was a full moon and so, though I knew better than to believe the idea, I watched my wife Emily for signs of impending labor.  The same thing happens when it rains, after a walk, or after a particularly hearty meal of spicy food.  We are in those final days, the waiting, watching days when the old euphemism “expecting” fits our experience with a vengeance.  Tonight, tomorrow, a week from now—our daughter could be here.We've been preparing and preparing and preparin … [Read more...]

Sunday Book Review: ADVENT CONSPIRACY

What better book could there be to recommend on the first Sunday of Advent?  For more on what the Advent Conspiracy is, see John's recent post here, Plotting an Advent Conspiracy.  You might also be interested in this video with one of the AC instigators Chris Seay, talking about slowing our pace during the holidays.This review originally appeared in The Englewood Review of Books... “To Honor the Incarnation” A Review of Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World? By Rick McKinley, Chris Seay and Greg Holder. Reviewed by Chris Smith. [ Read an Excerpt from … [Read more...]

Daily Slow Church Advent Reflections.

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Starting on Monday (Nov. 28), Chris Smith will be coordinating a daily series of reflections here on the daily lectionary texts throughout the season of Advent.Advent is too often a season when the pace of life speeds up instead of slowing down.  Through these Advent reflections, we hope to challenge ourselves to slow down, be attentive and remember all the gifts of life that surround us daily.To be sure you don’t miss these reflections, connect with  the Slow Church blog on Facebook, Twitter or by entering your email address over on the righthand sidebar. … [Read more...]


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