Reflections from Seminary Students

A Monday Evening Advent Reading: The Eschaton

December 26th, 2011 § 1 Comment

It is the day after Christmas. If you are anything like me this day feels as empty as boxes and tumbleweeds of wrapping paper surrounding a still nicely decorated, but significantly dry conifer.  We have waited, longed for, and anticipated Christmas Day–the 25th of December. Anticipated the Advent of Christ, the coming of Emmanuel.  But, now on the the 26th, Advent and our waiting has come and gone.  It seems that Jesus too has come and gone.  Now what?

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“I prefer baby Christmas Jesus, so that’s who I am going to pray to!”

December 23rd, 2011 § 0 Comments

Have you ever seen the movie, “Talladega Nights”? Its got Will Ferrell in it so it is naturally inappropriate but way funny. In the movie Ferrell plays Ricky Bobby who is a stock car racer who is quickly becoming one of the winningness stock car racers in the sport. Towards the beginning of the movie, while things are still going well for Ricky Bobby, Ricky leads his family in saying grace before a dinner of Domino’s, KFC, Wonderbread, Poweraid, and Budweiser. Check out the 3-minute clip below.

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A Monday Evening Advent Reading: My Soul in Stillness Waits

December 19th, 2011 § 0 Comments

Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia.

God-with-us, King, Dawn, Key, Root, Lord, Wisdom.

from Flickr user Lawrence OP

These are the O Antiphons. Continuing our theme of asking who we are waiting for, each of these titles refers to Isaiah’s prophecies of the one to come. You’ll note the bolded letters above in the Latin titles, which spell out “ero cras,” which means, “Tomorrow, I will come.”

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Film Review–Life in a Day

December 16th, 2011 § 1 Comment

Life in a Day is a Sundance Film Festival documentary compiled from video taken by people all around the world in in order to show what life is like on Earth during an ordinary day.  The documentary was accomplished by asking individuals to film their lives, on July 24th, 2010. In fact the tagline for the documentary is “Filmed by You.” The participants were also asked to answer three questions: 1) “what is in your pockets,” 2) “what do you love” and lastly 3) “what do you fear.”   4,500 hours of video from 192 countries were submitted.  Life in a Day is result of the hour and 35 minutes of video that made the cut.

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A Monday Evening Advent Reading:What are We Waiting for?

December 12th, 2011 § 0 Comments

Much of advent is about waiting.  But what are we waiting for and what were people waiting for before the first Christmas?Are we only waiting for that day to finally come when we can unwrap the presents under the tree celebrate the birth of God in human flesh.  The day when God becomes with us. Emmanuel, God is with us. What does this mean that God is with us?  What are the implications of God living among us? How should Christmas change our lives?

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