Advent Words 3: Light

Jesus, we are told, is the “light of the world.”  This light is intimately and definitionally related to the life that he is and that he brings.  John declares: “In him was life, and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness…

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Advent Words 2: Waiting

I love this verse… from the early chapters of Luke: Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. (2:25) We hate waiting.  For anything.  Especially as Americans.  “Instant” is…

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Advent Words 1: Communion

Why are we here?  What are we made for?  What does it mean to be human?  And how can we be more fully alive in our humanness? In one way or another, those are simply the questions that human beings ask.  They are the questions of existence.  Why?  What?  What…

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Advent-ures… the Great Journey Begins

Sometime near the end of seminary, I became convinced that one of the missing pieces of our corporate and individual spiritual formation in the evangelical church had something to do with the Christian calendar.  I had long since bought into the idea that we human beings are “storied” creatures, meaning…

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He Still Has Scars, Part 1

I recently had the great privilege of visiting Network Coffee House down on 14th and Pearl here in Denver.  NCH has been open for 30 years.  It is a coffee house for the homeless, of which there are many in that neck of the woods.  Every night, from 6-9pm, the…

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