• Advent Outlook Features 23 hours ago

    Season of Preparation

    Season of Preparation

    by J. Barrie Shepherd
    Let’s at least go through the motions, lighting candles, folding open paper windows, hanging greens and singing songs of ancient expectation in a time when hope seems blackened by an early, bitter frost. Who knows what momentary comfort may be found in make-believe? While all the time the babe – already born – lies wailing for the mother milk of human kindness, the rough yet warming blanket of true justice spread across this waiting world. continue reading...
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  • Book Reviews 23 hours ago

    Four Views on the Historical Adam

    Four Views on the Historical Adam

    by Michael Parker
    edited by Matthew Barrett and Ardel. B. Caneday Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Mich. 288 pages The controversy over a traditional versus an evolutionary interpretation of the creation narratives in Genesis was largely a 19th and early 20th century fracas, but many evangelicals have never given up the fight — even if it’s now a quarrel almost exclusively among themselves. So what accounts for the latest round of debate? The answer is Francis Collins. Head of the Human Genome Project in the 1990s and 2000s and a self-professed evangelical, Collins possesses a… continue reading...
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  • Advent Outpost Blog 2 days ago

    Advent: A time for fasting or feasting?

    Advent: A time for fasting or feasting?

    “For nearly one thousand five hundred years Christians have spent the days of Advent not in passive inaction, but in activities strenuous and profitable: they have prepared themselves by scrubbing and cleaning their lives, by examining and repairing their souls – even as people generally prepare themselves body and home to receive a visitor of ineffable importance.” (Walter Wangerin, Preparing for Jesus) In getting ready for an Advent Sunday school class, I encountered this wisdom from Walter Wangerin.  From a young age, I understand Advent to be about waiting and preparation.  But,… continue reading...
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Franciscan order on verge of bankruptcy after financial fraud is uncovered

VATICAN CITY (RNS) One of the largest Franciscan religious orders, founded on the humble teachings of St. Francis of Assisi more than 800 years ago, announced it is on the brink of bankruptcy after admitting some of its monks embezzled funds from its accounts. The Italian news magazine Panorama on Friday (Dec. 19) reported that tens of millions of dollars were missing from the Order of Friars Minor and had been invested in offshore companies. Panorama also claimed Swiss prosecutors had seized Franciscan accounts in Switzerland because the account holders had allegedly invested in illegal operations that could include arms and drug trafficking. Brother Michael Perry, the American head of the order, said an internal inquiry was begun in September and revealed “a number of questionable financial activities that were conducted by friars entrusted with the care of the patrimony of the order.” In a letter posted on the order’s website, Perry said the order was in “grave, and I … [Read more...]

Season of Preparation

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Let's at least go through the motions, lighting candles, folding open paper windows, hanging greens and singing songs of ancient expectation in a time when hope seems blackened by an early, bitter frost. Who knows what momentary comfort may be found in make-believe? While all the time the babe - already born - lies wailing for the mother milk of human kindness, the rough yet warming blanket of true justice spread across this waiting world. … [Read more...]

Four Views on the Historical Adam

Historical Adam

edited by Matthew Barrett and Ardel. B. Caneday Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Mich. 288 pages The controversy over a traditional versus an evolutionary interpretation of the creation narratives in Genesis was largely a 19th and early 20th century fracas, but many evangelicals have never given up the fight — even if it’s now a quarrel almost exclusively among themselves. So what accounts for the latest round of debate? The answer is Francis Collins. Head of the Human Genome Project in the 1990s and 2000s and a self-professed evangelical, Collins possesses a unique authority to speak on this issue to conservative Christians. His 2006 book “The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief” makes a compelling case for evolution based on recent discoveries of the human genome. Collins himself embraces theistic evolution. Another important contemporary writer on this issue is Peter Enns, who in his 2012 book “The Evolution of Adam” argues that the apostle Paul, as a … [Read more...]

A Prayer Life that Gives Life: Renewing Faith and Ministry in Lent

Gary Neal Hansen

A 90-minute Presbyterian Outlook webinar Tuesday, February 17, 2015 – 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) featuring Gary Neal Hansen Click here to register for the live webinar with free on-demand replay – $29.95 (1-6 participants) Click here to pre-order the DVD – $43.95 (free shipping) There is no better time than Lent to explore prayer as a way to grow our faith and strengthen our ministry. We know we need an ongoing, intimate connection with God. Without it, faith stagnates and ministry leads to burnout. Sadly, many Christians know only one way to pray, and if that way leaves them dry they assume prayer itself is not for them. Each of us needs a prayer life that really fits--and this webinar is designed to help you find one. Over the centuries Christians have developed a rich variety of ways to draw close in prayer. If we understand our own needs and understand how different ways of praying can help us grow, we are on the way to thriving. We will look at three very different kinds of … [Read more...]

Update on Steve Hayner

Reprinted with permission of Sharol Hayner   SHAROL here:  Today we met with Steve’s oncologist to discuss the latest CT scan. Though Steve will have an abdominal CT scan on Monday to confirm his assumptions, the doctor believes that based on evidence of growing cancer on the liver, Steve’s pain in the area of the pancreatic tumor and his rising cancer markers, the chemo Steve has been on is no longer working and the cancer is spreading.  Having already endured the five major pancreatic cancer-fighting drugs during two different chemotherapy regimens, Steve is left now with the option of clinical drug trials. Some good news in the midst of this--Steve doesn’t have chemo today. We have the choice now of doing nothing except to deal with Steve’s pain and discomfort or of putting Steve on a waiting list for a drug trial. We have chosen the latter. It might take 6-8 weeks to be placed in a trial. But it might be sooner. Yes, we are sad, but we are not surprised. We both … [Read more...]

Advent

Steve Hayner

Is there grace enough to cover The darkness I discover— To light the inner places Long cloaked in sad disgraces? Come, Lord Jesus, come! Is there love enough to lift me When bold rebellion grips me And failure bleakly presses Guilt's overwhelming stresses? Come, Lord Jesus, come! Is there peace enough to hold me When nagging fears erode me; And strangling expectation Turns hopes to desperation? Come, Lord Jesus, come! Is there joy enough to fill me When barren reaches chill me And grieving contemplation Brings spirit's isolation? Come, Lord Jesus, come! Stephen Hayner November 18, 1990   © Steve Hayner … [Read more...]