My Year In Review // The Highlights

I absolutely love reflecting on the “year”… both the year spent and the year upcoming.  The chance to think back upon all that happened (and didn’t happen) and to think forward about all that “could be” fills my soul with joy. 2010 was an important year… both for us as…

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Advent Words 8: “Coming”

Okay okay, so it’s been a few days since I’ve posted an “Advent Words”… been a bit busy : ) The earliest Christian confessions included a line that went something like this: He [Jesus] will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. That is to say,…

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Advent Words 7: Kingdom

Matthew recollects the story of Jesus “advent” into the world as follows: 1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We…

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Advent Words 6: First Prayer

Friday is Sabbath in Arndtville, so in lieu of writing a blog, I’ll post the weekly Advent prayer from the Book of Common Prayer… which, speaking of, if you don’t make use of prayer resources to help you along in your devotional life, you’re totally missing out.  I grew up…

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Advent Words 5: “Eucatastrophe”

The great 20th century writer JRR Tolkien (of Lord of the Rings fame) coined a literary term that I think is absolutely brilliant: “eucatastrophe”.  Eucatastrophe refers to a sudden, dramatic turn of events, consistent with the overall storyline, at the end of a tale that turn the plot in the…

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Advent Words 4: Mercy

Once upon a time, a lonely Jew toughing out life in a hard place penned these words: Do not hold against us the sins of the fathers; may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need. – Ps 79:8 It is a truth that is…

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