W is for Waiting

W is for Waiting

Dec 23, 2019 4th Week of Advent – Day 23 of the Advent Alphabet W is for waiting. How many sleeps until Christmas? Advent is a season of waiting. When we were children we may have anxiously waited for a special gift on Christmas morning. With the passing of years, material gifts that once seemed […]

V is for Virgin

Dec 22, 2019 4th Week of Advent Day 22 of the Advent Alphabet V is for Virgin. A word that carries overtones of sexuality, judgement, and codes of purity, that almost always apply more to women than men. In the western world at least, there is no time of year we hear that word more […]

U is for the United Church of Canada

U is for the United Church of Canada The Advent Letter for Dec 21, 2019 My last few Advent letters have been about how we read the Bible. I hope they’ve been helpful to you as you think about God, and our relationship to Jesus. I am grateful that much of my formation as a […]

T is for Theology

Dec 20, 2019 3rd Week of Advent – Day 20 of the Advent Alphabet T is for theology. The first half of the word, “Theo” refers to God. The second half, “logia” (study) is connected to the word-family that includes “logos”, which means “word”, and “logic”, which suggests a system or method. We are doing […]

S is for Story

Dec 19, 2019 3rd Week of Advent – Day 19 of the Advent Alphabet S is for story. As my children used to love to point out every year in pageant rehearsals, there are two distinct Nativity stories. Matthew and Luke’s stories are often “conflated”. That is the term scholars use when two stories are […]

R is for the “Real Story”

  Dec 18, 2019 3rd Week of Advent – Day 18 of the Advent Alphabet On Christmas morning we have a family tradition of reading about the birth of Jesus from the Bible before we do anything else. At that moment it is enough to hear the story again, listen with the heart, and open […]

Q is for Questions

Dec 17, 2019 Third Week of Advent – Day 17 of the Advent Alphabet Is it possible to have faith, and at the same time have questions, and even doubts about what we have been taught about God, and Jesus? I have a friend who makes the distinction between having faith in God, and believing […]