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Advent Resources

As promised during my recent talk, "What are you waiting for?", at Saturday Night Grace, here are some selected resources for you to help you go further with Advent.

What is Advent?
Long description here.
Shorter one here.

Advent Readings
World Vision "Anticipating the King" Study - this study walks you through Scripture and shares relevant, contemporary stories along the way.

Traditional Advent Readings
This study provides OT and NT daily readings to help you remember and anticipate Christ.

Jesse Tree
This 25-day Advent book is a twist on the traditional Advent wreath, using a "Jesse Tree" on which you hang ornaments, rather than lighting candles on the wreath. This book walks you through the Christ narrative and includes response questions and activities.

Buy (or make) an Advent Wreath
Really creative wreath here.
Traditional wreath looks like this.

Advent Songs
I really like this Advent album by Sojourn.
The Reckoning (How Long?) by Andrew Peterson.

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Cosmos from Chaos

At the encouragement of a mentor friend, I am reading two selected works this summer that discuss the intersection of being a Christian and an artist. I would say that the selections were hand-picked by the Spirit, because neither were recommended, but both have already invited me into an important conversation that has been latent in my life. The two books are Creative Call, by Janice Elsheimer and Walking on Water, by Madeleine L'Engle.

I am just wading into these books, but these authors have already served me by helping me slow down and remember to just be.

We are fools if we continually rush around in a flurry of hurriedness or even do nothing with a gravity of guilt or slothfulness. I am given to both and I need the encouragement of these writers - who are channels of the Spirit's voice to my spirit - to help me remember that in being we can listen, we can remember, we can heal, we can receive from our heavenly Father whose "greatness no man can fathom."

In bei…

Quote of the Weekend

While walking along the country road near my folks' house, I notice the usual array of beer cans strewn by the road side. Mom says in response,

"Yeah, I can tell the economy is better. I used to see mostly Keystone. Now I'm seeing more Miller Lite and Bud Light."

Leading with a Limp

Coming off the coattails of Chesterton's book that draws attention to paradox, I am fittingly now reading Leading with a Limp, by Dan B. Allender.  Our staff team is reading it simultaneously this summer, in hopes that we can review and discuss the themes during our leadership retreat in early August.

Drawing on years of experience, particularly from his journey in starting, building and leading Mars Hill Graduate School, Allender has collected his failures, wisdom and encouragements in this accessible and helpful book for leaders of any context.

Allender writes without pretense and accelerates the reader quickly to the foundational leadership principles that he writes from. I'm just a few chapters in, and these are a summary of the principles he expounds on:

Leadership is not glamorous; it will be the battle of your life.If you have someone following you or you are influencing even one person - you are a leader.It's not your great strengths that will serve you, but rather …

The Man Who Was Thursday

I recently read my first work by the highly acclaimed British author, G.K. Chesterton. I've been anticipating a chance to get acquainted with Chesterton for some time and this first book, The Man Who Was Thursday, did not disappoint.

The pace with which Chesterton advances the story is addictive, and his writing style is imaginative, vivid, entertaining and smart. I really enjoyed how he exposes mystery and paradox as the unavoidable and alluring truths of our existence. Each of us is a barrel of paradoxes, floating in the currents of a paradoxical existence. There is more mystery in and around us than we care to admit, and though we like to see mysteries revealed, the unveiling is often unsatisfying at worst or a Pandora's box of new mysteries at best.

The main character, Syme, could not conquer mystery or paradox, but rather got very friendly with both. As the story unravels, you feel as though you are Alice tubmling down the rabbit hole into a world that you don't reall…