What is Advent?

Robby Bradfordadvent, Bible study, Christianity, Christmas, Church life, discipleship, discover, family, First Assembly Community Ministries, incarnation, Jesus Christ, prophecy, spirituality1 Comment

Advent is the season of expectant preparation that involves the four Sundays before Christmas and Christmas Day itself.  Advent literally means “coming”.  It involves reading scripture, prayer, and often the lighting of candles.  This coming Sunday it will begin and we will be encouraging our congregation to begin a period of Bible reading and prayer in a way to mark … Read More

21 Myths: Jesus Wasn’t Divine

Robby Bradford21 myths, Christian orthodoxy, incarnation, Jesus Christ, New Testament0 Comments

So far in this series, I’ve dealt primarily with two different kinds of myths about Jesus. Secular myths–like that Jesus didn’t actually rise from the dead or that he is in agreement with other world religious teachers. I’ve also dealt with myths started by Christians–like that Jesus wants his followers to be rich or that he was an only child. … Read More

The Spirit of Christmas: December 2013 Series

Robby Bradfordadvent, Christianity, Christmas, Church life, First Assembly Community Ministries, Holy Spirit, incarnation, Jesus Christ, Sunday message series, Sunday morning, Sunday themes0 Comments

I love this time of year!  In every way, it captures my imagination, takes me back to my childhood, awakens an awareness of mystery and awe unlike any other season. It’s as though the songs, the foods, the traditions–everything–carries with it undeniably sweet Spirit–God’s Spirit.  God calls us out to us every year at this point to remember what he … Read More

Bonhoeffer on Advent

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Advent, it becomes a time of self-examination. “Put the desires of your heart in order, O human beings!” as the old song sings…. God wants us to always be with us, wherever we may be — in our sin, in our suffering and death. We are no longer alone; God is with us. We are no longer homeless; a bit of … Read More

Grace and Truth

Robby Bradfordadvent, Bible study, Christianity, Christmas, incarnation, Jesus Christ, New Testament, spirituality, the Bible0 Comments

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because … Read More