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: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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Film Review: What Would Jesus Buy?

December 9th, 2011 § 0 Comments

What Would Jesus Buy? is a 2007 documentary produced by Morgan Spurlock, who directed, wrote and stared in Supersize Me. However Spurlock does not make an appearance in this documentary, as the clear headlines are Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping.  The documentary focuses on how our nation has moved from individuals being producers to only being consumers, particularly around the holiday season.  In fact now is the first time since the great depression that American household have no money in their saving accounts.  Furthermore, Americans today tend to spend only 1 hour a week on religion and around 5 hours on shopping.  Christmas is no longer a time of anticipation, but of dread.

American’s shopping grows exponentially worse at Christmas where many people go into debt to ensure that their families, especially children, receive the best gifts.  Christmas is a wonderful selling opportunity for cooperations because it combines consumerism with the feeling of love and affection for friends and family.  In America children are socialized to see the material goods given at Christmas with love. » Read the rest of this entry «

A Monday Evening Advent Reading: The Life-Light

November 28th, 2011 § 1 Comment

Advent is upon us!  Like Lent and Holy Week, advent is a special time in the church calendar where different themes, practices and scriptures are highlighted. We at the SPS blog want to feature the Advent season and emphasize what we find most meaningful in the weeks approaching and anticipating Christmas.

When I was a kid there were at least two days that I would attend church with my grandparents; both were in Advent.  My sister and I usually got to light a candle for one of the Sundays of Advent.  In the Presbyterian tradition Advent is celebrated by candle lighting: three purple candles signifying hope, peace and joy, one pink candle symbolic of love and in the center one white candle which is lit on Christmas eve to signify the coming of Christ.  Christmas eve was the other service that I always attended where everyone would get to hold a candle lit from the Christ candle.

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