Advent links and resources

Today marks the beginning of Advent, a season where the global Church participates in a season of anticipation, reflection and preparation for the coming of the Christ child.

If you’re new to Advent (or looking for a few resources) here are a few links:

Here on the blog: Every Monday of Advent I’ll be posting weekly Advent Scripture readings. Feel free to print them out, share them or click back to them.

Podcast: A fantastic podcast to utilize during the season is Pray-As-You-Go, which can be found by searching in the iTunes search bar. PAYG is produced in England and offers an eight to ten minute meditative reflection each day of the year. It’s especially poignant and helpful during Advent.

Wikipedia: To learn about the history and traditions of the season as well as provide links to other useful information regarding Advent, head to the Wikipedia entry.

Other voices:

Scot McKnight offers a great explanation of Advent at http://blog.beliefnet.com/jesuscreed/2009/11/advent.html

Christine Sine has one of the most comprehensive collection of resources for Advent on her blog. Frequent her blog – daily – during Advent. (Thank you, Christine! This is extremely helpful!)

Start with this video she produced.

She’s hosting an Advent blog series with multiple voices sharing each day. It’s worth checking out. It begins today.  Her first Advent reflection is here.

Also check out a post she wrote last year on ideas for celebrating Advent with kids.

Jason Coker shares some insightful thoughts about Progressive Advent as well as elements of a missional economy that are fitting for Christmas: www.jasoncoker.net Also check out his organization www.twoshirts.org

The Advent Conspiracy: Renew is participating in the conspiracy a second year and joining hundreds of churches around the country in the Advent Conspiracy. Learn more about it at www.adventconspiracy.org Also check out www.rethinkingchristmas.com for creative gift giving ideas.

-Follow along with us during Advent Conspiracy on The Renew Community website.

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