Twice a month, I gather up links to some of my favourite reading and resources from the past fortnight. I’d love to know what you’ve been reading in the comments too.
Tired Just Thinking About Advent? Slow Down and Savor Christ.
“Advent is a way of reminding us that we are pilgrims passing through; that the brokenness of this world isn’t how it’s always going to be; that the true King is indeed coming soon.”
On Stuff and Stinginess
Jared Wilson reminds us that material possessions will never satisfy us, no matter how much we have.
O Come, Thou Day-Spring, Come and Cheer
A reflection on O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, which has become one of my favourite Christmas carols in the past couple of years.
What Advent Waiting Means for Singles
Advent is all about waiting. I’ve seen some great articles this year which apply this idea of waiting to specific life circumstances. This was one was relevant and helpful.
How to Love Hard People at Christmas
Generosity isn’t just about giving money—but also giving our attention, time, and love, even when it’s uncomfortable.
How Christmas Confronts Our Self-Salvation Projects (TGC Word of the Week)
Seasons: Enter the Story of Jesus (The Village Church)
This is the Advent resource I’ve been using this December (and may continue through the rest of the church calendar).
May listen to "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" all Advent season until I die of dehydration from the tears
— Derek Rishmawy (@DZRishmawy) November 24, 2018
Advent is the greatest affirmation of human dignity: The Word became flesh. It is also the greatest critique of humanism: Christ came because fallen humanity cannot save itself. Salvation is not from within but without—not an inner light but a Light that has come into the world.
— Duke Kwon (@dukekwondc) December 10, 2018
The Christmas story: the obedient Son came to his disobedient children, not to punish them for their rebellion, but to bear their penalty, so that they would be forgiven.
— Paul David Tripp (@PaulTripp) December 17, 2018