In a column written
for InterVarsity’s Online Pulpit website, pastor Craig Loscalzo talks about
the value of preaching on Advent themes. You can read the entire column at http://www.gospelcom.net/ivpress/churchlink/onlinepulpit/1996-11.php.
He observes:

“Advent comes
from a Latin word meaning ‘coming’ or ‘arrival,’ and marks the four Sundays
preceding Christmas as a time to prepare for celebrating Christ’s birth. Advent
is a season for Christians intentionally to remember their need for God to come
again in their lives. It is a time for us to express a desire for what God alone
can give. Advent is also a time for Christians to anticipate Christ’s second
coming. We look forward to that day and wait expectantly for Christ to come
again. In a culture that so commercializes and trivializes Christian holidays,
we need all the help we can get in preparing ourselves, our families, and our
congregations to celebrate Christmas authentically.”


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