Dec 17, 2014

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Dec 16, 2014

Advent Hope: Redeeming the Time

The woman at the coffee bar taps her nails in a staccato rhythm. She turns to me and says, half with irritation, half in apology, “I just ordered a cappuccino. You wouldn’t think it would take so long,” then added, “Sorry to hold you up.” She seemed frustrated and embarrassed...Read more +
Dec 16, 2014

Advent Church: A Ritual for Today

For many Christians, we experience the same rhythm in our worship services each week we go to church. Kevin DeYoung lists the typical program: (1) Casual welcome and announcements, (2) Stand up for 4-5 songs, (3) During the set, or at the very end, add a short prayer, (4) Sermon,...Read more +
Dec 15, 2014

Advent Church: Is the Era of Mega-Ministries Ending?

by Skye Jethani
Ordering a coffee used to mean answering two questions: “Regular or decaf?” and “Black or cream and sugar?” Today Starbucks offers over 87,000 different drink combinations. For decades marketing gurus have said people want choices because customization empowers the individual. But when facing a menu with thousands of drink options,...Read more +
Dec 12, 2014

Advent Church: Celebrating St. Nicholas

by Micha Boyett
On December 6 th when my anxious nature woke me early, demanding I scrub the bathroom, order my nieces and nephews their presents from Amazon, and address my Christmas cards, I rebelled. Instead, I let my kids dress themselves in sweats, put some coffee in the pot, and opened the...Read more +
Dec 12, 2014

Advent Church: Rhythms Make Us Wait for God

Every Christmas Eve throughout childhood until I left home, my family clicked through the same ritual. Timing our departure so he could create the maximum challenge and adrenaline, my dad would rush (with me tagging along to watch the insanity) to Cox’s department store where he would commence his gift...Read more +
Dec 12, 2014

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Dec 12, 2014

Advent Church: God with Us in Jesus

Every church creates its own culture—a blend of leaders, congregations, neighborhood, city, state and nation, along with language(s) spoken and theological orientation … and we can add music sung and translations sanctioned all the way down to the “right way” to end a public prayer. Some church cultures are blazingly...Read more +
Dec 10, 2014

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Dec 10, 2014

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