Why You Should Enter the Shadow of Lent

Why You Should Enter the Shadow of Lent

I’m a firm believer that Lent, practiced consciously, is a guardrail against spiritual bypassing. The regular observance of seasons of austerity, lament and penance, which we Christians get in Lent and Advent, guide us to enter into aspects of the human experience...
When Righteousness and Peace Kiss

When Righteousness and Peace Kiss

The second Sunday of Advent – the week we set fire to the Peace candle – has confused me for as long as I can remember. The cluster of texts in Year B, our current cycle, sends mixed messages of comfort and dismay, restoration and destruction, and the hope for renewal...
Light in the Darkness | Advent One: Hope

Light in the Darkness | Advent One: Hope

The liturgical year is built upon common readings that span three years of reading, hearing, reflecting upon and, for some, preaching the same passages. Those who embrace the cycles year by year have the chance to visit familiar texts that are old friends, but in a...

How Advent Prepares Us for the Day Ahead

Churches following the lectionary – a group of Scripture lessons determined by the Christian calendar – might find the Advent Scriptures this year to be odd. The selected texts focus not on the birth narratives of Jesus but on his second coming – what Jeremiah calls...