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Advent is about waiting for the world to change. Many of us, however, wait for the wrong things. We should be waiting – and working – for an end to poverty, for the oppressed to be set free, for an end to isolation and loneliness. […] Read More

When we’re so focused on all our holiday preparations, it’s easy to forget that Christmas is coming. A time to remember and celebrate God sending Jesus to live among us and show us how to be more loving. […] Read More

Waiting for New Year’s Day can be an exercise in passive patience or an episode of agitated impatience or even a process of slow release anticipation. Alternatively, waiting can be a time of fallow resting, allowing new ideas to seed and propagate in the fertile mulch of memory, previous hopes and newborn choices. It’s strange […] Read More

Churches following the lectionary – a group of Scripture lessons determined by the Christian calendar – might find the Advent Scriptures this year to be odd. The selected texts focus not on the birth narratives of Jesus but on his second coming – what Jeremiah calls the coming “day of the Lord” (Jeremiah 33:14). On […] Read More

Waiting is an inevitable part of life. Even people highly skilled at multi-tasking and time management cannot avoid waiting at some point in their day – red lights, checkout lines or doctor’s offices, to offer a few examples. I cannot think of anyone who enjoys waiting. If we’re honest, waiting doesn’t often elicit our best […] Read More

In the 1970s, when Interstate 20 opened between Atlanta and Birmingham, Ala., many local residents were looking forward to faster travel on the new freeway. For years, my family had traveled to Birmingham from Anniston, Ala., on old Highway 78, a two-lane road that would take us past Lake Logan Martin near Pell City, Ala., […] Read More

On one of his many on-the-road trips, Charles Kuralt, the noted television journalist and writer, befriended George and June Butler, a couple in Vermont. The Butlers operated a small farm where they raised vegetables, flowers and sugared maple trees. Environmentally conscious, they lived as simply as possible and produced their own hydroelectric power. Kuralt was […] Read More

The word Advent comes from the Latin word meaning “coming,” and the season that bears this title consists of the four Sundays before Christmas that look with anticipation to the coming of Christ. While we celebrate this time as a time of looking forward to the celebration of Christ’s birth, the practice of Advent each […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., onDecember 24, 2011. Christmas Eve Luke 2:1-20 We’ve been waiting for this hour, haven’t we? When all the shopping is over… well, until early Monday morning, anyway, the day after Christmas day. That’s when the stores re-open and people will take […] Read More

Hopeful Waiting

A sermon delivered by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, Farmville Baptist Church, Farmville, Va., on November 27, 2011. Psalm 130:1-8 On this first Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of hope.  It seems that we all need a measure of hope these days.  The economy is still struggling, not just in America, but throughout the world.  […] Read More