on silence

After posting this quote from Bonhoeffer, I couldn't keep it from running around in my mind: We are so afraid of silence that we chase ourselves from one event to…

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exceptionalism and American Christianity's love of war

American Christianity--especially American Evangelicalism--has a love affair with war, guns, 'freedom,' and the military. Christians in America are historically very supportive of our military, our various interventions around the…

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duck dynasty and drones: a failure of American Christianity

Two high-profile events events occurring within a week of one another demonstrate an utter lack of contemporary American Christianity's ability to grasp the whole of scripture and get beyond the…

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to the lowly, not the exalted

Where reason is indignant, where our nature rebels, where our piety anxiously keeps us away: that is precisely where God loves to be. There he confounds the reason of the…

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mysterious God

Part of the wonder of Advent is meditating on the mystery of our God...or perhaps I should say, our mysterious God. As much as the systematic theologians want to…

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prayer for the Second Sunday in Advent (BoCP)

Merciful God, who sent thy messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that…

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prayer for the Second Sunday in Advent (LSB)

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only begotten Son, that by His coming we may be enabled to serve You with pure minds;…

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advent: not for the satisfied

Those who are satisfied have nothing for which they must wait. Their needs are met. They lack nothing. They are fulfilled. Advent has no place for the satisfied, because Advent…

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waking up to God

No matter where you live in the northern hemisphere, the routine of Autumn has set in, the weather is growing colder, and the days are growing shorter. The cycle of…

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advent: the art of waiting

Advent is a season of expectant waiting. We are masters of anticipation--just look at the weeks of hype about 'Black Friday'--but we are complete failures at waiting. In a society…

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