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We continue our Advent journey today with a reading from the prophet, Zephaniah. His very name means God protects. Zephaniah's prophecy is limited to three chapters, just 55 verses. In his signature verse, his lineage is traced back four generations. That's a little strange if you know the prophets! Others go back two generations. Zephaniah goes back four.Read full transcript...
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Why does going to seminary carry so much weight, a kind of baggage that students in other graduate programs don't have to shoulder? There are certain assumptions that go along with attending seminary; for a long time they kept me from really exploring the idea.
Advent is a time to repent. Sometimes we forget that and leave all the heavy lifting to that other season of repentance in the church year—Lent. But really, Advent and Lent are both times to examine our lives and the world and ask God for forgiveness. These are the seasons for the prophets to call us on our crazy ways.
As grateful as I am for the time and mentorship of some pastors early in my ministry, it took me years to sort out that I needed to consider the source of a lot of the counsel. As a 26-year-old woman, I was dealing with different issues than the pastors surrounding me. Here are some of the things I often hear in ministry, that I’ve had to adjust for my circumstances.
The biblical narrative speaks of abundance. But the narrative by which we are tempted to live is another story entirely, a story of scarcity, where there is never enough.
What does it mean to be Christian? What makes a person a Christian? An important prologue: my purpose in this blog is not to provide criteria for deciding who is and who is not a Christian, not to separate sheep from goats, not to suggest who is in and who is out. Rather, it is a series of reflections about what is at the heart of being Christian. What matters most in seeing what being Christian is about?
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 8, 2013 we will celebrate the Second Sunday in Advent.
Tuesday is designated as #GivingTuesday, an online campaign to remind us that this is a season of giving.
The prophet Isaiah often found himself talking to people who were preaching the austerity politics of ancient Judah. In Isaiah 7, we find Isaiah meeting King Ahaz of Judah at a crucial moment in the history of Judah: the city of Jerusalem is under siege. But into this situation of austerity, Isaiah speaks a shocking prophetic alternative.
Christian contemplation is about silence, and relaxation, and attentiveness, and mindfulness, and stress reduction: all those wonderful benefits that we recognize come from a regular meditation practice. In addition, Christian contemplation seeks to be present to the presence of God, regardless of whether such presence is 'felt' or 'experienced' — or not.
Advent is a time of waiting and for many people it’s a time to reflect on what Mary must have experienced as she waited for the birth of this unusual child.