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Too often in our consumer culture, we jump over the season Advent and straight into Christmas. It is especially easy for us to do so with the holiday music to which we listen.

As we prepare for the beginning of Advent on Sunday, we offer this playlist of Advent-themed songs. Some of these are were not necessarily written as Advent songs, but they wrestle with vital themes of the season nonetheless. 


*** includes most, but not all the songs below
Browse the list below for other excellent songs 
that are NOT available on Spotify


  1. Josh Garrels
    O Come, O Come Emmanuel
    from [easyazon_link identifier=”B01M7VSZSQ” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The Light Came Down[/easyazon_link]

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[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”B018R7N5JA” locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”220″]May Christ Increase.

A Review of 

40 Days of Decrease:
A Different Kind of Hunger.
A Different Kind of Fast.

Alicia Britt Chole

Paperback: Thomas Nelson, 2016
Buy now:  [ [easyazon_link identifier=”B018R7N5JA” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Amazon[/easyazon_link] ]  [ [easyazon_link identifier=”B018R7N5JA” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Kindle[/easyazon_link] ]
Reviewed by Debbie Philpott


The more there is of us, the less there is of God!—Eugene Peterson


“What are you giving up for Lent?”

According to Morgan Lee at Christianity Today, a 2015 twitter poll of more than 400,000 respondents (with serious and cynical tweets) cited “school, chocolate, Twitter itself, alcohol, and social networking as the top five fasts for Lent”[i]  And when categorizing all tweets in hierarchical order according to the seven most deadly sins, the following list resulted:

  • Gluttony (fast food, sweets, chips, coffee)
  • Greed (shopping)
  • Sloth (sleep)
  • Wrath (being mean, swearing)
  • Envy (complaining)
  • Pride (cell phone, selfies)[ii]

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Today, January 6, is Epiphany, also known as Three Kings’ Day,

a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God in his Son as human in Jesus Christ. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally (but not solely) the visit of the Magi to the Christ child, and thus Jesus’ physical manifestation to the Gentiles. (via Wikipedia)

In honor of the occasion, here is T.S. Eliot reading his brief poem “The Journey of the Magi”

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LIVING THE CHRISTIAN YEAR - B GrossAncient Christian DevotionalThis week as we enter the season of Lent, we are giving away a FREE copy of two recent books from IVP: Living the Christian Year by Bobby Gross (which is reviewed above ) and The Ancient Christian Devotional edited by Thomas Oden and Cindy Crosby (Courtesy of IVP Books).

How to enter to win one of these two books:

  1. Announce the contest on Twitter, Facebook or your blog: I just entered to win a FREE book on the Christian Year from The Englewood Review.  You can enter too:
  2. Post a comment to this announcement with your name and a link to your post for #1.
  3. You may enter one time per day for the duration of the contest.
  4. We will pick two winners at random and notify them this weekend.

The contest will end at 4PM ET on this Friday February 19.