Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Evangelicals Adopting Advent

From USA TODAY by Cathy Lynn Grossman

Evangelical Christians are adopting — and adapting — the rituals of Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas that are traditionally celebrated by Catholics, Lutherans, Eastern Orthodox and other liturgical churches.

They're giving a new, personalized spin to the prayers, candles and calendars to track the building excitement, and set a spiritual tone day by day. This year Advent begins on Sunday.

Editor's note: The Virginia Baptist Mission Board is doing it's part to promote the very Roman Catholic Advent ritual with the Advent-Christmas Devotional Guide:


  1. As made apparent by Ingrid Schlueter from in her hope blog.


  2. The Hope blog offers a personal devotional marking the season of Advent. Soli Deo Gloria...the glory of God is the object of the devotion.

    Liturgical observations of Advent where Sola Deo Gloria is not a distinguishing mark of the ministry subjugates God's glory to the traditions of men.

    If modern evangelicalism had the reputation of honoring Sola Deo Gloria as Ingrid Schlueter's ministry has done, then perhaps the Advent observation could be purified as an element of corporate worship.

    Such a purification would require modern evangelicalism's repentance of it's embrace of humanism, ecumenism, mysticism and for some, works righteousness.

    For modern evangelicalism to establish Soli Deo Gloria - The Glory of God as the true object of corporate worship, it would require a return to:

    Sola Scriptura - Scripture Alone
    Solus Christus - Christ Alone
    Sola Gratia - Grace Alone
    Sola Fide - Faith Alone

  3. So what's wrong with that? Oh yeah, Roman Catholics do it so evangelicals can't. Got it.


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