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I remember the first time I really thought about Christmas outside of that relatively narrow window between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. I was around eight years old, and it was sometime in August.
Those of us who grew up with TV commercials in the New York market will surely remember the August TV ads for the now-defunct electronics store "Crazy Eddie's." The ads always went: "Crazy Eddie's Christmas Sale--in August! Crazy Eddie can't be beat, with prices so low he's practically GIVING it all away! Crazy Eddie: his prices are INSANE."Read full transcript...
Watch the recent Day1 Prayer Breakfast program with Day1 host Peter Wallace, Dr. Charles Qualls and Dr. Dock Hollingsworth of Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, Dr. Jan Love of Candler School of Theology, and speaker the Right Rev. Robert Wright, Bishop of Atlanta.
The Dave Test is a set of ten questions you can ask yourself when life sucks or before you talk to someone whose life is in the same sort of place.
N.T. Wright is writing like a man on a mission, now that he has left his role as bishop to devote his remaining years to producing books that he hopes will inspire individuals and strengthen congregations. At the moment, he is publishing his longest book (1,700 pages bound into two volumes weighing in at 5 pounds) and one of his smallest books (a mere 200 pages, less than 10 ounces and small enough to tuck into a coat pocket).
For a number of years I have asked Christian groups what they think the Christian gospel – the 'good news' – is. I ask them to begin with memory – to think back to how they would have answered that question at the end of childhood, at age twelve or so – and in not more than a sentence. What had they absorbed by then?
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On December 15, 2013 we will celebrate the Third Sunday in Advent.
Advent is a season of hopeful longing. Hope for the coming of the Christ child and longing for the abundant life Christ promised. But we know many in our communities and around the world are hungry.
After learning about Jesse Lewis, a six year old who died in the Sandy Hook shooting a year ago this December 14th, I’m thinking about scratching out the name Jacob in Psalm 146 and writing in Jesse. Psalm 146, verse 5 says, 'Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God.' I’m wondering if scratching out Jacob and writing in Jesse, at least in these upcoming weeks, might be a way of praying to transform anger and resentment into love and forgiveness.
Today's passage comes from the very last chapter of the very last book of the Bible. It's strange—and striking—how the Bible ends.
Perhaps the only adult with this malady; I am a big baby when it comes to taking medicine, especially the liquid variety. It is just unbearably nasty! But much like our walk with God, sometimes, many times we must do things that are difficult, which lead to blessings we don’t deserve. If anything, Christianity represents a holy transformation from childish to responsible behavior. Modification for sure, but fueled by God’s loving presence.
When we struggle with contemplative practice — facing our own inner chaos, turmoil, and darkness — we participate in the passion of Christ, which is a deeply revolutionary matter.
What N. T. Wright has given us in his two-volume study is the master class on Paul that I never had the chance to take in seminary.