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Advent

An Advent poem from Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Though suffering may await us because of our witness, we rejoice in the opportunity to share our faith in Christ, writes the Rev. Bill Steward Read more

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Much as we enjoy our communal festivities, the best place to celebrate Christmas is among the people to whom Jesus came – including the migrants and refugees so feared by some today, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

Perspectives

During Advent, we must make a decision about the sort of people we will be.  If we are changed by the Christ-story, if we become characters in the nativity of Christ-born-in-our-hearts today, how must we live? Read more

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Before we can worship the child in the manger, we must go to John the Baptizer, who scores us with the blistering command to repent, and then rebel against all that is not of God, writes the Rev. Bill Steward. Read more

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In a new job on a university campus, Charlie Baber ponders the Advent connections between America's racism and John Wesley's campaign to abolish slavery. Read more

Perspectives

Advent prepares us for Christmas through a truly revolutionary message, writes the Rev. F. Richard Garland. Read more

Practicing Faith

The Wesley Bros are adamant that Advent isn't Christmas, and they have the Spotify playlist to prove it! Read more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant is really ready for Advent to begin. Read more

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In the silence, we’re left to ponder a God who has become a person, a God with no crib, a God surrounded by animals, and a God who made himself so vulnerable he died, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

Practicing Faith

Rather than a passive viewing of the coming of Christmas, Advent is a time for active engagement with God, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Santa and Baby Jesus

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What matters most about the approaching Nativity is what we do when we leave the manger, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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For the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant, John the Baptist's harsh message of repentance offers the best way to prepare for the Messiah's coming. Read more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant finds Mark’s story of a withered fig tree -- the Lectionary passage for the first Sunday of Advent Dec. 3 – has nothing to do with Jesus coming as an infant. Read more

Perspectives

Charles Wesley wrote the original version, but it's George Whitefield's remix that has come down to us through generations, writes Charlie Baber. Read more

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Allegiance

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Advent and "Allegiance," a musical about Japanese internment during World War II, bring examples of hope and courage that we'll need in the face of a cruel and bigoted American society, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Three bishops serving as moderators for the Commission on A Way Forward issue an Advent message asking for prayers for the group's first conference call. Read more

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Mary and Gabriel

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An experience of spiritual transformation in a seminary class has stayed with the Rev. Dan R. Dick for 20 years. Read more

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Jesus and Santa

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Why wait during Advent? The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant has a poetic answer. Read more

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The Rev. Andy Bryan brings a poetic perspective to the start of Advent. Read more

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