Meaning of Advent, Is Christmas Pagan?, Lore Ferguson Interview, Between Jobs.
Justin Holcomb. What is Advent? Meaning Behind Christmas Tradition. (Christianity.com)
For many Christians unfamiliar with the liturgical year, there may be some confusion surrounding the meaning of the Advent season. Some people may know that the Advent season focuses on expectation and think that it serves as an anticipation of Christ’s birth in the season leading up to Christmas. This is part of the story, but there’s more to Advent.
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Mike Cosper and Daniel Montgomery. Faithmapping: A Gospel Atlas for Your Spiritual Journey. Reviewed by Joel Badal. (Themelios)
It’s not uncommon to hear that the celebration of Christmas is rooted in ancient Roman paganism. That claim generally goes something like this: the ancient Romans celebrated a pagan festival on December 25th, but when the Roman Empire was Christianized in the 300s, the church simply turned the pagan festival into a Christian holiday.
Lore Ferguson is a graphic artist, writer, and speaker who is passionate about the gospel and the Church. Her stated goal in her work is “to see a generation of dechurched, second generation Christians, or the ragged and hurt, come to the joy of what the gospel means deep down.” Being a single woman covenanted to a church with many singles, she often uses her gifts to exhort both singles and church leaders to value the unique contributions that singles bring to gospel work. As we continue to highlight the diversity of people and gifts within the larger church on CBMW, I asked Lore for her insights on these unique contributions.
“Job transition.” “In between jobs.” “Unemployed.” Whatever you want to call it, these seasons are almost always characterized by doubt about yourself and anxiety about the future. My trial of unemployment was no different. Ten months before I finished grad school, I received a job offer from my dream employer in Washington, D.C. I was elated—I had been praying for this job for six years, doing all I could to present myself as the best possible candidate. And finally, there it was. A job offer that I could hold in my hands. I felt set for decades to come.
Psalm 18:31 “For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?”
“The Scriptures sprang out of God.” William Tyndale