Ambassadors in Chains

Comfort & Challenge

1482116872408.jpgToday’s readings (click below to open in new tab/window):
Psalms 24; 150, Isaiah 11:1-9, Ephesians 6:10-20, John 3:16-21


Today we enter the fourth and final week of Advent. We look forward to celebrating the end our period of waiting. The date is on our calendars this and every year. And yet …

Does it seem we live more in an Advent world than in a Christmas world? Yes, Christ has come and yes, we sing hymns of triumph but does the world feel like it’s been redeemed? Does it act like it?  God’s justice, while undeniable, seems to unfurl not so much from “glory to glory” as with “fits and starts.” The expansion of the Kingdom is a long, irregular process revealed in God’s time, which only on rare and happy occasions – perhaps we call them miracles – seems to coincide with our time. Yet Advent always concludes with Christmas.

When Paul…

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