October 20, 2017

A Simple, Winsome Intro to Advent

Discovering Advent: How to Experience the Power of Waiting on God at Christmastime, by Mark D. Roberts ✓ Ebook available from Amazon or Barnes & Noble • • • Mark D. Roberts blogs on Patheos at his site, “Reflections on Christ, Church, and Culture.” Over the years, he has become an admitted “Adventophile,” and his […]

Advent II: The Grass Withers

Second Sunday of Advent December 4, 2012 Isaiah 40:1-11 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 2 Peter 3:8-15a Mark 1:1-8 Prayer of the Day Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming strengthen us to serve you with purified lives; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives […]

iMonk Classic: Skip the Carping this Advent

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From December, 2006 NOTE: Michael Spencer had many friends with whom he regularly conversed at The Boar’s Head Tavern. Each year they run an Advent blog called, “Go to Bethlehem and See.” I encourage our IM readers to check it out. Today’s classic iMonk post is from the 2006 […]

Repent It Forward

Advent season was designed to be a season for repentance, which begs questions like, “What is repentance?” or “How do I repent?” and “How does repentance prepare me for Jesus’ coming?” Sometimes when I hear about repentance, I don’t hear much grace and I don’t see much Jesus. It’s more about examining myself, focusing on […]

Why I Need Advent

So I set out Tuesday for a quick errand to find a book on the importance of Advent. How hard could that be? Four bookstores and two library branches later, I came home with one book of dubious value and one booklet with some good stuff.  (I also came home with a large diet chocolate […]

Resources for the Season

This afternoon I thought I would pass along some links that might be of help to you or to someone you care about during this Advent and Christmas season. I am not going to suggest every possible resource out there, just a few good quality sites. Some provide daily readings, prayers, and other personal devotional […]

Another Look: Living in the In-Between

NOTE: Advent started Sunday, and the sky has been falling here ever since. Rain, rain, and more rain; followed by falling temperatures and snow. It has been all haze and fog and spray coming up off the road on my windshield. Perpetual gray. Gloom. Each day has been a “I want to crawl under the […]

The Anguished Seriousness of Advent

Monday Merton Musings, November 28, 2011 The Anguished Seriousness of Advent Today, we hear some of Thomas Merton’s thoughts on the Advent season. The certainty of Christian hope lies beyond passion and beyond knowledge. Therefore we must sometimes expect our hope to come in conflict with darkness, desperation and ignorance. Therefore, too, we must remember […]

Advent I: What Fruit Remains

First Sunday of Advent November 27, 2011 Isaiah 64:1-9 Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:24-37 Prayer of the Day Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection waken us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and keep us blameless until the coming of your new day, for you […]

iMonk Classic: Michael Spencer Helps Us Prepare for Advent

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From November, 2008 Original Title: “Riffs: Joseph Bottum on the End of Advent (and the horror of our version of Christmas)” Many years ago, we made a decision to, as much as possible, speak of Advent and not of Christmas, until Christmas. I’ve never been able to hold off […]