Elliot Grudem completed a three-part series on why it’s actually helpful to celebrate Advent. Grudem readily admits that Scripture doesn’t require us to do anything different around Advent and celebrating it doesn’t make us more spiritual, but it does have some benefits:
Celebrating Advent helps us cut through all the distractions of the Christmas season and focus our attention on Jesus Christ’s birth and ministry as well as his promised return. Since we can’t anticipate the day or the hour of Christ’s return, we are filled with both a sense of joyful expectation and humble reverence, with our spiritual focus being on lives of prayer and preparation.
Throughout the season we are constantly reminded that Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah and Savior of the World.
The series is available at The Resurgence.
In Other News…
Russell Moore says, “Jesus has AIDS.”
World Magazine interviews Evangelical scholar J.I. Packer who says he’s considering writing a systematic theology.
In Case You Missed It…
Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:
A review of Millard Erickson’s Making Sense of the Trinity: Three Crucial Questions
The final part of George Whitefield’s The Seed of the Woman and the Seed of the Serpent
A couple of ideas for something to do instead of boycotting a business for Christmas