Advent Annual

This is becoming somewhat of a yearly offering, but I feel compelled to once more defend the importance of Advent. This liturgical season is a pause filled with expectant hope. It exists in contrast to the “Christmas Shopping Season,” which is filled with stress and constant movement. I know people love this season because it…

Annual obligation – It’s called “Advent” people…

It seems like the annual tradition of Christian snarkiness gets earlier every year.  First it starts with e-mails which follow the general theme of, “Make sure you say ‘Merry Christmas’ this year and let people know the real reason for the season!” I usually get upwards of ten of these e-mails, eventually I’ll get a…

The War on Advent

During one of my Advent sermons this year I remarked, “I don’t think there really is any such thing as a ‘War on Christmas.’  At least, if there is one then they’ve apparently missed.  I do, however, think there might be a ‘War on Advent,’ and that churches and retailers are inadvertently allied in that the war.”…

Advent 2009

It seems every year I end up bemoaning the Church’s complete ignorance of the season of Advent.  First, we get caught up in the culture war mentality which lashes out against the “War on Christmas.”  Second, we pack our schedules so full of december activities that it seems we don’t have a single moment to…

Facing the Demon

My friend Shane wrote this post over at God’s Politics.  Every year some friends of mine go down to the Gallery in Philly and do a circus on the sidewalk to promote “Buy Nothing Day.”  It’s done to critique the insanity that is Black Friday and, given the events of this year’s fiasco, it might…

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!

We had a wonderful, and relaxing, day yesterday – capped off by sharing a Thanksgiving feast with 16 people seated around our table (well, and three at the kiddie table).  It actually felt like a day of rest, and for an introvert like me that’s a statement when you’re surrounded by people all day. It…