Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up 12/6

Some links to polish off your work week so you can get  home and polish off some ribs this weekend:

Between Thanksgiving and writing ordination papers, the blog has been pushed to the back burner. Consider this an olive branch.

From Conversation for Transformation, When Jesus Said “Abide”…

“But what does it mean to abide?

I step out of my house. Drop off the kiddo at school and head to the office. Emails and meetings and delicious conversations dripping from the calendar. Struggles, challenges and frustrations from being the chief of humans among humans. Sipping coffee and thinking about, well, about expectation. About Advent. About what could be if we all decided maybe Jesus was right and is worth shaping our life around.”

From Experimental Theology, Advent: A Prison Story

“I started by contrasting Advent with Christmas. Advent, I explained, is sitting in the experience of exile. Waiting, hoping God will act in the future. We are slaves in Egypt. We are exiles in Babylon. We are sad friends mourning the death of Billy. Where is God? We are waiting. That, I said, is Advent. Learning to be patient, learning to wait on God.”

From Tamed Cynic, another thought provoking series: Top Ten Reasons Christmas Doesn’t Need the Cross

 “The more time I spend at bedsides and gravesides, the more I hear confessions and listen to struggles, the more people share of their faith and their fears, the more kids ask me questions, the more I’m convinced that the question ‘Why does Jesus come?’ is the most important question we can ask.
 
And so I thought what better way to anticipate Christmas- what the Book of Worship calls the ‘Feast of the Incarnation-’ than with a series of posts on the logical necessity of the incarnation irrespective of the Fall.”

If you’re looking for an advent resource or devotional, I just started Watch for the Light and have enjoyed the first week’s selections. Selections from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, and many more.

If you’re a liturgical calendar nerd (like me), you can’t miss the Salt of the Earth: Christian Seasons Calendar. It’s full of beautiful artwork that carries you through the alternative time of the church year. Also, it’s endorsed by the likes of Stanley Hauerwas and Brian McLaren.

Finally, a blog to add to your reading list: the Apprentice Institute Blog. And while you’re there, check out the rest of our new website. Good things to come, there.

Peace.

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