Second Week in Advent – Day 5 – Peace to the Embattled

Second Week in Advent – Day 5 – Peace to the Embattled

Significantly, Mark announces the beginning of the Good News (gospel) of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This proclamation stands against any other declaration of good news. For example, Caesar claimed himself to be a “savior” who brought prosperity and peace to the world.Good news, transliterated later into the word “gospel”, comes from the Greek…

Second Week in Advent – Day 4 – Conquering Conquest

Second Week in Advent – Day 4 – Conquering Conquest

While it’s difficult to let go of the old, the new beckons us. What is the old? It is what theologian Walter Wink called the Domination System — it’s the system of violence and oppression that enslaves the world.12 But in the death and resurrection of Jesus, that system — that world — has been…

Second Week in Advent – Day 3 – Shaping Peace

Second Week in Advent – Day 3 – Shaping Peace

In this entertaining book for all ages, Squareland enjoys a simple, uniform, conflict-free life of “perfect squares”—until expectations are stunningly upended by change.  Suddenly Squares must deal with foreign creatures: Triangles, Rectangles, Circles, Ellipses, Parallelograms, Trapezoids, “Gons,” and such weirdoes. Each shape has its own natural personality and proclivities, so complications, cliques, tensions, and conflict threaten…

Second Week in Advent – Day 1 – Christians for Peace

Second Week in Advent – Day 1 – Christians for Peace

Regardless of what one thinks of Anabaptism, all true Christians must be for peace. This does not necessarily mean that we must all be pacifists. But even if one believes that violence may become necessary in emergencies, we are all to be peacemakers. The Gospel is a Gospel of peace. God is the God of…

First Week in Advent – Bonus – Hopeful Prayer

First Week in Advent – Bonus – Hopeful Prayer

God has published prayers from angry, exasperated, and lonely people, so that we can know that hope remains for us. Imagine the tragedy if he had published only perfect prayers from perfect people. Alas, such prayers would not be perfect! We need some rough edges, prayers throbbing with powerful emotions. Otherwise, we might be tempted…

First Week in Advent – Day 6 – A Continuity of Hope

First Week in Advent – Day 6 – A Continuity of Hope

The authors are not interested in divine knowledge for its own sake. Rather, it is to aid the Colossians in their life together as the church. The gospel is credible only as it is demonstrated by individual saints and the church collectively in the good works that bear witness to God’s kingdom. Christian convictions must…