A Glimpse of Kingdom Life: An Advent Reflection on Philippians 1.3-11

Advent is a great season of the Church year, but, with all the distractions of the holiday season and planning for the new year, it's a hard season to keep well. But in those years when I do manage to 'keep it well', I find that it operates as a kind of month-long examination of … Continue reading A Glimpse of Kingdom Life: An Advent Reflection on Philippians 1.3-11

Signs of the Times: The Christmas Difference

As I was brainstorming ideas for how I wanted to approach Advent this year, I stumbled across a question that stopped me in my tracks, on the late (and sorely missed) Christian writer Rachel Held-Evans' blog: When I wake up on Christmas morning, how will I be different? As Christians we believe that what we … Continue reading Signs of the Times: The Christmas Difference

Signs of the Times: An Advent Reflection on Luke 21.25-36

There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will … Continue reading Signs of the Times: An Advent Reflection on Luke 21.25-36

People Look East: Set Every Peak and Valley Humming

A sun rising over a river valley between two mountains

Angels announce with shouts of mirth Him who brings new life to earth. Set every peak and valley Humming with the word The Lord is coming People look East and sing today Love the Lord is on the way If I'm honest, there isn't much I miss about being a kid. Despite its responsibilities and … Continue reading People Look East: Set Every Peak and Valley Humming

Here I Am: A Reflection for Advent 4, 2020

a line of hikers walking up a snowy hill

The holiday season is in many ways a season of choices: Which gifts to buy, which charities to give to, which cookies to make and what to serve for the feast, and — in a normal year, at least — which invitations to accept and which to politely decline. It’s a season when we all … Continue reading Here I Am: A Reflection for Advent 4, 2020