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My Advent Playlist Day 19: In His Name, All [Torture] Shall Cease

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So last year I blogged through the entire month of December to celebrate Advent season, and all in all it was a pretty successful venture! I felt very much plugged into the spirit of the season, and learned a thing or two about myself along the way. On the other hand, it almost killed me, so this year I embark on the same quest with no small amount of trepidation. I figured I could mitigate some stress, though, by messing with the formula a little. So this year I'm using Christmas carols as thematic springboards for my Advent blog posts. Each day I will pick a line from a Christmas carol and reflect on its meaning in the context of my/our experience with Christmas this year.


In His Name All Oppression Shall Cease
Is it time to be outraged yet? Are we allowed to be up in arms now?
'Cause I'm mad. I'm damn man.
Granted, directionless internet rage is not the catalyst for change my generation seems to think it is. Still, there's something to be said for speaking out, for …

My Advent Playlist Days 14-15: Happy Birthday to Me

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So last year I blogged through the entire month of December to celebrate Advent season, and all in all it was a pretty successful venture! I felt very much plugged into the spirit of the season, and learned a thing or two about myself along the way. On the other hand, it almost killed me, so this year I embark on the same quest with no small amount of trepidation. I figured I could mitigate some stress, though, by messing with the formula a little. So this year I'm using Christmas carols as thematic springboards for my Advent blog posts. Each day I will pick a line from a Christmas carol and reflect on its meaning in the context of my/our experience with Christmas this year.


Happy Birthday to MeSorry folks, I skipped yesterday. It was my birthday. Sue me.

It was a lovely birthday too. Plenty of time with my family, friends, food. Ah yes. Food.
Mom got me an iPhone!

My awesome co-workers at Springfield Faith Center bought me some eggnog cheesecake from Sweet Life.

And I got me a pre…

My Advent Playlist Day 13: Round Yon Virgin, Tender and Mild

So last year I blogged through the entire month of December to celebrate Advent season, and all in all it was a pretty successful venture! I felt very much plugged into the spirit of the season, and learned a thing or two about myself along the way. On the other hand, it almost killed me, so this year I embark on the same quest with no small amount of trepidation. I figured I could mitigate some stress, though, by messing with the formula a little. So this year I'm using Christmas carols as thematic springboards for my Advent blog posts. Each day I will pick a line from a Christmas carol and reflect on its meaning in the context of my/our experience with Christmas this year.


Round Yon Virgin, Tender and Mild
Virgin As if until that moment
nothing real
had happened since Creation As if outside the world were empty
so that she and he were all
there was — he mover, she moved upon As if her submission were the most
dynamic of all works: as if
no one had ever said Yes like that As if one…

My Advent Playlist Day 12: Sleep in Heavenly Peace

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So last year I blogged through the entire month of December to celebrate Advent season, and all in all it was a pretty successful venture! I felt very much plugged into the spirit of the season, and learned a thing or two about myself along the way. On the other hand, it almost killed me, so this year I embark on the same quest with no small amount of trepidation. I figured I could mitigate some stress, though, by messing with the formula a little. So this year I'm using Christmas carols as thematic springboards for my Advent blog posts. Each day I will pick a line from a Christmas carol and reflect on its meaning in the context of my/our experience with Christmas this year.


Sleep in Heavenly Peace
Sleep has always been a fickle mistress to me. I mean, I love sleep, but sleep has not always loved me very well. In fact, my middle school years (the dark years) were plagued by severe and crippling insomnia. Most nights found me wide awake in bed, thinking, crying, succumbing to anxiet…

My Advent Playlist Day 11: Star of Wonder

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So last year I blogged through the entire month of December to celebrate Advent season, and all in all it was a pretty successful venture! I felt very much plugged into the spirit of the season, and learned a thing or two about myself along the way. On the other hand, it almost killed me, so this year I embark on the same quest with no small amount of trepidation. I figured I could mitigate some stress, though, by messing with the formula a little. So this year I'm using Christmas carols as thematic springboards for my Advent blog posts. Each day I will pick a line from a Christmas carol and reflect on its meaning in the context of my/our experience with Christmas this year.

So this is a re-post of a poem I wrote last year about the Christmas star, but I'm just one person after all. Give me this one.

The Star (Star of Wonder)

By Jordan Magill

Winter night, air is cold
And clear
You can see your breath
And clear on to the other side of the galaxy

Lo, new light where nothing else is ne…

My Advent Playlist Day 10: Faithful Friends Who Are Dear to Us

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So last year I blogged through the entire month of December to celebrate Advent season, and all in all it was a pretty successful venture! I felt very much plugged into the spirit of the season, and learned a thing or two about myself along the way. On the other hand, it almost killed me, so this year I embark on the same quest with no small amount of trepidation. I figured I could mitigate some stress, though, by messing with the formula a little. So this year I'm using Christmas carols as thematic springboards for my Advent blog posts. Each day I will pick a line from a Christmas carol and reflect on its meaning in the context of my/our experience with Christmas this year.


Faithful Friends Who Are Dear to Us
So, try not to read too much into it, but lately I've been thinking a lot about heaven. About what it means to live in the kingdom of God. And what keeps returning to the fore of my attention is this idea that God's plan for redemption of this world, his picture for th…

My Advent Playlist Day 9: O Christmas Tree

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So last year I blogged through the entire month of December to celebrate Advent season, and all in all it was a pretty successful venture! I felt very much plugged into the spirit of the season, and learned a thing or two about myself along the way. On the other hand, it almost killed me, so this year I embark on the same quest with no small amount of trepidation. I figured I could mitigate some stress, though, by messing with the formula a little. So this year I'm using Christmas carols as thematic springboards for my Advent blog posts. Each day I will pick a line from a Christmas carol and reflect on its meaning in the context of my/our experience with Christmas this year.


O Christmas Tree
This year I had to take the Christmas tree thing into my own hands. I didn't trust the democratic process to yield the necessary results, so I made an executive order and took the necessary steps on my own.
I don't blame my roommates for dragging their feet in getting set up for Christm…

My Advent Playlist Day 8: Every Child Must Be Made to Care (by Marlie Magill)

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So last year I blogged through the entire month of December to celebrate Advent season, and all in all it was a pretty successful venture! I felt very much plugged into the spirit of the season, and learned a thing or two about myself along the way. On the other hand, it almost killed me, so this year I embark on the same quest with no small amount of trepidation. I figured I could mitigate some stress, though, by messing with the formula a little. So this year I'm using Christmas carols as thematic springboards for my Advent blog posts. Each day I will pick a line from a Christmas carol and reflect on its meaning in the context of my/our experience with Christmas this year.

[When I set out on my Advent series this year, I figured if I wanted to come out the other side intact I would need to elicit some help from my talented friends and loved ones. Last year I enlisted my incredibly talented and generally awesome sister Marlie to write about under-appreciated Biblical heroine Anna,…

My Advent Playlist Day 7: War is Over, If You Want It

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So last year I blogged through the entire month of December to celebrate Advent season, and all in all it was a pretty successful venture! I felt very much plugged into the spirit of the season, and learned a thing or two about myself along the way. On the other hand, it almost killed me, so this year I embark on the same quest with no small amount of trepidation. I figured I could mitigate some stress, though, by messing with the formula a little. So this year I'm using Christmas carols as thematic springboards for my Advent blog posts. Each day I will pick a line from a Christmas carol and reflect on its meaning in the context of my/our experience with Christmas this year.


War Is Over, If You Want It

I probably won't post this one on social media. It'll be for the benefit of those loyal readers who stumble upon it while perusing my other Advent stuff.

Now please don't read too much into that. Honest, there's no particular reason for my discretion here. I mean, the…

My Advent Playlist Day 6: No Crying He Makes

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So last year I blogged through the entire month of December to celebrate Advent season, and all in all it was a pretty successful venture! I felt very much plugged into the spirit of the season, and learned a thing or two about myself along the way. On the other hand, it almost killed me, so this year I embark on the same quest with no small amount of trepidation. I figured I could mitigate some stress, though, by messing with the formula a little. So this year I'm using Christmas carols as thematic springboards for my Advent blog posts. Each day I will pick a line from a Christmas carol and reflect on its meaning in the context of my/our experience with Christmas this year.


No Crying He Makes

So I really love the song "Away in a Manger." It's a beautiful old song that really sucks you into the nativity story in an evocative, sensory way.
I have a few issues with its lyrics though, from a theological perspective. For one thing, it ends with the line "take us to h…

My Advent Playlist Day 5: Always Winter, But Never Christmas

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So last year I blogged through the entire month of December to celebrate Advent season, and all in all it was a pretty successful venture! I felt very much plugged into the spirit of the season, and learned a thing or two about myself along the way. On the other hand, it almost killed me, so this year I embark on the same quest with no small amount of trepidation. I figured I could mitigate some stress, though, by messing with the formula a little. So this year I'm using Christmas carols as thematic springboards for my Advent blog posts. Each day I will pick a line from a Christmas carol and reflect on its meaning in the context of my/our experience with Christmas this year.


Always Winter, But Never Christmas
In CS Lewis' classic family novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, four young siblings stumble upon another dimension by way of an old chifforobe, and therein discover a world under a curse.

The children meet a faun called Mr. Tumnus who explains how the world behind …