February 20, 2018

The Three Advents

Monday Merton Musings, December 12, 2011 The Three Advents In one of the chapters in Seasons of Celebration, Thomas Merton reflects upon “The Sacrament of Advent in the Spirituality of St. Bernard.” St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), from a noble family in the French province of Burgundy, became a monk at the monastery of Cîteaux, […]

Advent III: The Winter Sun Is Warm

Third Sunday of Advent December 11, 2012 Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Psalm 126 or Luke 1:46b-55 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28 Prayer of the Day Stir up the wills of your faithful people, Lord God, and open our ears to the words of your prophets, that, anointed by your Spirit, we may testify to your […]

We Have All the “Tools” We Need (3)

This is the third and final installment of a little “back to basics” article for Christian ministers. Peter, the one Jesus charged to “feed [his] sheep,” wrote in his second epistle, “So I intend to go on and on reminding you about all this — even though you know it, and have been firmly established […]

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 […]