Advent 1C

…second. For many people, Advent is a time for special ceremonies or disciplines, like Advent wreaths or Advent devotionals. Here Paul gives us some very practical Advent projects in his…

Advent 2B

…terms of focusing on not only Jesus’ first advent but also anticipating his second coming or advent. No, it is also fitting because in what we anticipate in Advent and…

Advent 3B

…a perfect text for a pointed sermon about Advent. The commands become the moral imperatives of Advent. They are followed by an Advent wish, or prayer, or even blessing. And…

Advent 1B

year, it is the first Psalm of Advent. Its use here in the liturgical year shapes the way we think about and observe Advent. Everyone knows that Advent is a…

Advent 2C

…a physical reality in the season of Advent in which the days shrink and the nights stretch out. It’s also, however, a spiritual reality not just in Advent, even as…

Advent 2A

…recent years a pre-packaged Advent series called “The Advent Conspiracy” has been making the rounds in some churches. It has the laudable goal of focusing on what’s really important via…

Advent 3A

…also a CHURCH—that was giving way too much deference to the rich. James is telling people to have Advent hope—the hope of Christ’s second Advent in this case—as a way…

Advent 3C

…it will be! Please Note: Advent and Christmas 2015 Resources are now available on CEP: http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/resources/advent-2015/ Illustration Idea “Are you going home for Christmas?” What question is more commonplace in…

Advent 1A

Advent, Hope, Eschatology, Lectionary, SermonAdvent, Peace, Nativity, Shalom, War and peace, wealth and poverty, Lectionary SermonWhen I began to study Psalm 122, I thought it was one of those homiletically…

Advent 4C

…the ends of the earth: “Behold, I make all things new.”Advent; Hope; Sorrow; Suffering; IncarnationAdvent; Oppression; Calling/VocationSometimes you just have to wonder where the inventors of the Revised Common Lectionary…