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Liberating Advent and escaping the mire

December 10, 2011

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I feel the ground rumble as the panic-stricken advertisers stampede. Someone just told them we should rescue Advent from its kidnappers and let it roam all year. Advent was meant to be a season of prayer and fasting, with the look and feel of Lent. The shopping malls would open late and close early. We would slow down and dwell in Christ. Activists would join contemplatives in the ancient disciplines of stillness, meditation and contemplation — all of which would kindle a cool fire enflamed with resolve, conviction, compassion, and contentment. We’d be peaceful enthusiasts, free from the allure of gaudy knick-knacks forged from the fossils’ ooze.

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Video of the month: An underground Christmas celebration

November 13, 2011

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The commercials are already on the air, so we’ll show this video from our friends at The Advent Conspiracy — even though it isn’t Advent yet. There is no law mandating that we get stressed out at this time of year. Really. Honest.

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Do we see curses as blessings and blessings as curses?

December 23, 2010

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Wilt in the desert while strolling through a meadow; feel drought in the lake; bear tedium while riding the wild surf. NASCAR is snail-paced. The ocean is too wet and there’s lint in my mansion and I can’t dig a ditch because gold clogs the ground …

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Thoughts at Christmas

January 6, 2009

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We often use Christmas to bewail our society’s rampant materialism. We rail against shameless television advertisements; we moan about poor church attendance; we cry out against spiritual decay. Frankly, I’m tempted to do the same thing again – because we’re right. Our society is too materialistic; the advertising agencies are shameless; and I do wish […]

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