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Advent is radical precisely because it’s not Christmas, and yet it does serve as a prelude.

And that prelude is full of firebrands like Isaiah and John the Baptist, their screams for justice piercing the ancient Middle Eastern skies.
“Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”

Subversive prophetic witness is a prelude to a baby being born under oppression and on the run as a refugee — a child who would end up changing the world.

This is #Advent.
Mary’s Magnificat from Luke’s Gospel — her ‘song of praise’ — is the height of subversion and treason, in the eyes of Rome.

And it *anchors* the ancient Advent season.

Mary knew so much. And she sang it loud and proud.
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A few theological reflections on the proto-evangelium in Genesis 3:15, in advance of my first time ever preaching on it @trinityIPC
The rich history of Christological interpretation has some surprises; Calvin is hard pressed to see any connection to Christ other than in Christ’s headship over the church (and this upsets me!)
Luther is better: “This text embraces and contains within itself everything everything noble and glorious that is to be found anywhere else in the Scriptures”
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Today is the 4th #SundayMorning of #Advent. The traditional reading for this day comes from Luke 1, the prophetic sermon of the pregnant Mary regarding Jesus.
I grew up Methodist, so, other than at Christmastime, we didn't pay much attention to Mary. That was, back in those days, something that Catholics did. (And I was a little girl just as Vatican II met--things were very different btwn Prots & RCs then.)
So I didn't know this sermon.

Although some people refer to it as a "song," it really is an extemporaneous sermon. Because Mary preaches -- she brings it!
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Today is the Third Sunday of #Advent. There's a custom of lighting a pink candle on this day (instead of purple), to remind us of the theme of Advent 3: Joy. #SundayMorning
It is also called "Gaudete Sunday," from the Latin word for "rejoice," and an ancient prayer based in these words of scripture: "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice."
Years ago, at a particular church, I showed up on Gaudete Sunday and was not "rejoicing." Indeed, I was struggling with two life crises -- divorce and job loss -- at the same time.
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What a beautiful, enchanting season we’re in. (Advent, that is.)

I’m sure many of you have already sent out your highly-anticipated Advent cards, and received some from friends. You’ve probably heard more than once the classic “We Wish You A Merry Advent” ringing out.
No? Yeah, the season of #Advent takes a major backseat to its substantially more popular cousin, Christmas - sadly, even in Christian communities themselves.
Advent stories don’t really roll off the tongue. It’s a far cry from Linus standing alone on a stage, reciting from memory in good, ole-fashioned King James English.
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Today is the #Advent2, the 2nd Sunday. The reading is Luke 3:1-6, a passage where the Gospel writer quotes the prophet Isaiah: "Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled & every mountain & hill made low..." Beautiful, isn't it?
You might be thinking of Handel's Messiah right now . . . Comfort ye, my people.
But you should probably be thinking about building highways.
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Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the first Sunday of the new Christian year (yes, today not Jan 1) and the first Sunday in the cycle of sacred time that leads to Christmas.
In the northern hemisphere, all this "newness" and the anticipation of birth occurs as the days grow short and the world darkens. Indeed, the shortest day of the year is just two days before Christmas.
Text for today: "Jesus said, "There will be signs in the sun, the moon & stars & on earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea & waves. People will faint from fear & foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken."
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This was the first video I ever put together for @OFOCBrexit.
1st of December seems like a decent time to re-share it... (Merry Christmas... Brexmas?🎅🏿)
You can watch the full version here.
#1stDecember #Advent
It is frankly ridiculous that almost every word of this still rings true, over a year after I first wrote the script!!
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Conscience Accounting

After violating a moral norm, people have an increased likelihood to act prosocially. Can you provide an outlet for the good behavior? Can you remind people of previous bad deeds to encourage a good deed?

#Convert2Good #advent 1/24
Vicarious Moral Self-licensing

We see our actions as more prosocial if we regard ourselves as part of a group with a good prosocial record. Even onlookers do. Be careful about how you talk about group membership.

#Convert2Good #advent 2/24
Social Inclusion

Social exclusion reduces a wide range of prosocial behaviors. It increases aggression, risk taking & procrastination and reduces cooperation and analytical reasoning. Can users feel included or excluded in your system? What cues exist?

#Convert2Good 3/24
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