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on holy innocents: King Herod and Uncle Sam

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Today the church remembers and honors the Holy Innocents: the male toddlers slaughtered by King Herod in his attempt to kill Jesus, the newborn king who threatened Herod politically (or so he thought) by his mere existence.

As recorded by St. Matthew:

Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, . . .

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December 28, 2017

'to you': the good news of Christmas

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I am not concerned about a so-called 'war' on Christmas. I am not shocked when people say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas." I simply smirk when my atheist or agnostic friends sponsor grandiose Christmas celebrations with their friends and family.

None of these offenses nor a hundred . . .

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Posted in: adventtheology

December 22, 2017

on advent and waiting

why we need it and how to practice it

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Of late, I have been particularly observant that people are picking up this Advent season on the subject of waiting. Bonhoeffer especially is known in his devotional for writing about Advent as a time of waiting. During the season of advent we practice waiting by not letting Christmas 'out of the bag' too quickly. We focus . . .

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December 15, 2017

"he came to save"

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If we do not believe in the power of evil, we cannot fully understand Jesus. It cannot be denied that he came to save people. But unless we understand that the main reason for his coming was to join the fight between God and Satan – to destroy the works of Satan – we cannot fully understand the need for an atonement-death on . . .

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December 13, 2017

celebrating Christmas correctly

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Who will celebrate Christmas correctly?
Whoever finally lays down
All power, all honor,
All reputation, all vanity,
All arrogance, all individualism
Beside the manger.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

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Posted in: adventtheology

December 06, 2017

advent: training ground for the Christian life

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In a letter to his fiancee Maria von Wedmeyer from prison in December 1943, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote:

Celebrating Advent means being able to wait. Waiting is an art that our impatient age has forgotten...Whoever does not know the austere blessedness of waiting—that is, of hopefully doing without—will never experience . . .

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December 04, 2017

to America, on her 241st birthday

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As much as I am outspoken against churches who act as though they worship our country more than Jesus and our foreign policy that does little to provide security or true aid to anyone except the deep pockets of defense contractors, I deeply love my country. On this, her 241st birthday, there are two emotions that fill my . . .

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Posted in: culturetheology

July 04, 2017

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