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...]

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...]

[ Daily Advent Reflection ] Yet I Will Wait Patiently.

Ladder-Flowers

Yet I Will Wait Patiently. Daily Advent Reflection. Kimberly Roth. Habakkuk 3:13-19. Saturday, December 10, 2011And knowing how hard it hurts when we fall We lean another ladder against the wrong wall And climb high to the highest rung To shake fists at the sky - Nickel Creek “Reasons Why” Listen: [ Youtube ] [ Spotify ]  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 series, follow SlowChurch.com on FAC … [Read more...]

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

Preg-Mary

"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...]

Plotting an Advent Conspiracy

Advent Conspiracy

Whether your costume is back in storage or still crumpled up on the floor, whether or not you're still coming down from your sugar high, Halloween is over and so begins the unofficial start to the holiday season. (Hey, Costco has been selling Christmas ornaments since at least September.) This is the time of year we re-connect with family and friends, take time to acknowledge our many blessings, and of course celebrate Emmanuel, God with us. It's also a season characterized by hyper-stress, hyper-consumerism, and, absurdly, department store stampedes.It is helpful for me to pause at the … [Read more...]


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