Advent

Advent is not a drag

Advent isn’t a drag. It’s a time when believers show the world that there’s oil in our flasks and that our faith isn’t pointless.

Lutheran Witness: December 2017

This month’s issue addresses a variety of topics relating to Advent and Christmas, with a special focus on Mary’s place in history and Lutheran theology.

Embrace — don’t skip — Advent

Most of us choose to skip Advent for the soft glow of a secularized holiday. But what if we gave this wonderful, preparatory season our full attention?

Pless to lead Advent preaching workshop at Concordia Theological Seminary

The workshop is $40/person and will take place on Nov. 7.

Confident Anticipation: Antiphon for December 23

Emmanuel is very much God with us today. He comes to us graciously through His Word, Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

King in the Clay: Antiphon for December 22

As important as Christmas may be, it is not the birth of Christ that unites mankind in faith; it is His holy death, His resurrection and His promised return.

Breaking Dawn: Antiphon for December 21

Christ Jesus–God enfleshed in our nature–continues to fulfill God’s promise to our fallen race.

Preparing Souls: Antiphon for December 20

This joy is more than a good and fuzzy feeling in our hearts; it is the certainty that has unlocked and loosened us from our sins that bound us.

Come Quickly!: Antiphon for December 19

Even as we ask for the Lord Christ’s deliverance of each of us from every evil of body and soul, we look ahead with joy and gladness, living in hope in Christ.

Here Comes the Boss: Antiphon for December 18

We prepare in Advent to celebrate the coming of our Lord and to worship Him, the one who saves us from our sins because we could not keep the Law.

The Greatest Wisdom: Antiphon for December 17

We look beyond Christmas and wait for our Lord’s coming again to raise us to life, body and soul, and the Church prays, “O Wisdom . . . Come!”

Reason to Celebrate

During the time of the first Christmas, a stable manger was just as ordinary as a cross. That which makes them significant for Christians is the body of Christ upon them.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Swaddled Up and Having a Ball

Find “that youth” during this most wonderful time of the year. Remind them of the gift they need (and already have).

O Antiphons: What Are They?

The O Antiphons can continue to teach, enlighten and comfort the Church today.

Gaudete Sunday: Breaking the Rules

Gaudete forms and shapes our understanding of Advent and Christmas by teaching us that true joy is found only in Christ.

Gaudete: Rompiendo las reglas     

Entonces, ¡Regocíjate en el Señor siempre; repito: Regocíjate (Filipenses 4:4)!