G.K. Chesterton on Santa Claus

Victorian Santa Claus

I love G.K. Chesterton's take on Santa Claus. I wrote this blog post a couple years ago about my daughter, fairy tales, and why I like Chesterton's perspective so much:Molly is three now, and her excitement over Christmas is infectious. She learned the Christmas story this year, mostly from her grandmother, who helped her make finger puppets of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, wise men, and the angel. A glittery horse and plastic monkey are the only animals in the manger. Molly is able to shoehorn Santa Claus into the incarnation somehow, but Kate and I don't go out of our way to … [Read more...]

Trusting in a Promise-Keeping God [Living Into Community #4]

Living into Community - Christine Pohl

This is the fourth in an Advent series of eight posts that will wind their way through Christine Pohl’s new book Living into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us (Eerdmans 2012 Buy now: Amazon // Kindle ).  This book was chosen as The Englewood Review’s Book of the Year for 2012, and as I hope will become abundantly clear over the Advent season, it fits very well with what John and I have been describing as Slow Church.[ Read an Excerpt of LIVING INTO COMMUNITY ]The Previous Post in the Series…In the season of Advent, we wait for the coming of Jesus, and wait as the Isra … [Read more...]

Nurturing and Strengthening Gratitude [Living Into Community #3]

Living into Community - Christine Pohl

This is the third in an Advent series of eight posts that will wind their way through Christine Pohl’s new book Living into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us (Eerdmans 2012 Buy now: Amazon // Kindle ).  This book was chosen as The Englewood Review’s Book of the Year for 2012, and as I hope will become abundantly clear over the Advent season, it fits very well with what John and I have been describing as Slow Church.[ Read an Excerpt of LIVING INTO COMMUNITY ]The Previous Post in the Series… After a chapter on the complications that surround the practice of gr … [Read more...]

Waiting in Expectation for the Transformation of the World [Living Into Community #2]

Living into Community - Christine Pohl

This is the second in an Advent series of eight posts that will wind their way through Christine Pohl’s new book Living into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us (Eerdmans 2012 Buy now: Amazon // Kindle ).  This book was chosen as The Englewood Review’s Book of the Year for 2012, and as I hope will become abundantly clear over the Advent season, it fits very well with what John and I have been describing as Slow Church.[ Read an Excerpt of LIVING INTO COMMUNITY ]The First Post in the Series...In the season of Advent, we await the coming of Jesus, in whom healing and tran … [Read more...]

Waiting in Expectation for Christ’s Coming in our Midst [Living Into Community #1]

Living into Community - Christine Pohl

This is the first in an Advent series of eight posts that will wind their way through Christine Pohl's new book Living into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us (Eerdmans 2012 Buy now: Amazon // Kindle ).  This book was chosen as The Englewood Review's Book of the Year for 2012, and as I hope will become abundantly clear over the Advent season, it fits very well with what John and I have been describing as Slow Church.[ Read an Excerpt of LIVING INTO COMMUNITY ]Advent traditionally is a season of preparation and waiting for the coming of Christ, but in preparing for the co … [Read more...]

Peace to You on Christmas Eve!

Okay, so it's becoming obvious to me that the last Advent reflection isn't going to happen today.  We're on vacation and too much other good stuff going on... The lectionary text for today is James 1 and has some important to say about Slow Church and the birth of Jesus, so I'll probably write today's reflection up next week... (How's that for Slow?  ;-)I will be posting highlights from the Advent series on to our Twitter and Facebook pages today, so be sure to check those out...Merry Christmas to you and yours!!! … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] Setting our Course Toward Bethlehem.

View of Bethlehem

Setting our Course Toward Bethlehem. Daily Advent Reflection. Kyle Mobley. Romans 13:11-14. Friday, December 23, 2011. It might not be The prettiest thing that you'll ever see But it's a new day, oh baby it's a new day And it might not look like A beautiful sunrise But it's a new day, oh baby, it's a new day. -- Robbie Seay Band, "New Day" Listen: [ YouTube ] These daily Slow Church Advent Reflections are based on the Daily Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). We love for you to read and reflect along with us! To keep up with this daily Advent … [Read more...]


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