Archives for November 2012
The Special Transcendence of Art in this Season
-by Lisa Colón DeLay
The pre-Christmas season of Advent is largely overlooked by both the general population and many (Protestant) Christians alike. This sad omission shortchanges our awareness of the God’s Presence. It undercuts readying the manger of our hearts for a renewed experience of God’s love and presence in one of the most hectic but profound times of the year. It’s the time we may need spiritual fuel the most. It’s a challenge to not miss “the Reason for the Season”, isn’t it?
Even when we are relishing the beauty in observing the Advent Season, it’s hard to share and spread this message of refreshment and joy with others. It’s just. so. noisy.
The disconnect may be hard to bridge as Advent vies for attention among the many assorted activities of November and December. Not least of these is rock bottom prices on goods and services. And, lest we forget, all the preparations that happen for the late November and December holidays. Decorating, cards, cookies, parties, gifts, and so forth.Continue Reading …
Another indicator we have moved out of a Christian consensus is the rise of discontent over simple answers. Over the years as pastor I have heard it said by those who face life’s difficulty, “I know if I read my Bible more and attended church regularly, my family would have fared of fare better.” Which bits? What events?
Many readers whose experience did not include a period where every question was met with a sure answer do not necessarily grasp what it means when I title this post, Simple Answers Don’t Work for Some People. In fact, I would venture a guess that some high profile Christians who are often accused of residing somewhere outside of orthodoxy represent those for whom simple answers quit working.
These misunderstood heretics may be involved in a faith saving project, their own. Rather than allow space for the outworking of those moments of theological rehab, others often rush in to indict and dismiss.Continue Reading …
What if in our most honest moments we admit we really want things to stay the same? Republicans and Democrats posture as though they want a new way – a post-partisan solution to what ails our out of sight spending habits. Really, they just offer another illustration of Black Thursday-Friday. We can just spend our way to a better place.
Markets initially thought these two groups could get together and keep the economic train from running off the cliff. News out of Washington suggests maybe not. More of the same will only result in leading us to the same predicament that sparked this mess, gridlock.
Most of us easily find a political group – party or lobby – on which to pin the problems we face. Reed is not happy with Republicans happy talk. Democrats have been portrayed as Thelma and Louise, just run it off the cliff. But, it seems they simply mirror our habits.Continue Reading …
I found this short post from three years ago pointing toward the First Sunday in the Season of Advent. I am reposting as the theme still persists.
Sunday marks the beginning of the Season of Advent. We emphasize anticipation, expectation. We also might need remember, disappointment and defeat. These contrasting emotions and experiences portray the tension faced not only by those anticipating God would set the world right in the years preceding Jesus’ coming but also our very own day.
Taking the Thessalonian text and its prayer for and with the church see if you don’t find encouragement in the face of the past that tugs and the future that pulls.