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Making Room for Joy

Emily C. Heath

The church observes Advent not because we hate joy. Instead, we prepare so that we can become more joyful people.

Imperfect Love

Matt Fitzgerald

"Pray for your enemies." Only God knows what such prayer might do for those people, but if you've tried it, you know that Jesus' prayer kills the enmity that lives inside your own heart.

Jesus Goes to Hell

Martin B. Copenhaver

Hell—a sense of being forsaken, the absence of God, a place of despair. We have been there. And Jesus has been there.


Donna Schaper

When Advent preparations pound us into a place far from grace, imagine the preposterous notion that we are already prepared.

Noisy Advent

Mary Luti

If we ever imagined that our healing would be a gentle, quiet thing, the Advent scriptures correct us. It's noisy heavy-lifting.

Apocalypse Not Now

Vince Amlin

In our own time, there is a sense that time is winding up.

Neither Victim nor Victor

Molly Baskette

What would it be like if, in our own lives, we took refuge neither in victim nor victor status?

Is Your God Too Small?

Richard L. Floyd

Like Peter, many of us have come to the realization that our previous understandings of God's acceptance and embrace are too small.

OMG, Isaiah!

Matthew Laney

I can imagine several reactions to this Advent reading.


Donna Schaper

Advent begs us to prepare for the coming glory. Flowers are our props