2017 Advent Devotional

This Advent, as we prepare our hearts for the arrival of the Christ child in our midst, we pray that making room for Emmanuel is a priority in the busy lives we lead. The Phillips Seminary 2017 Advent Devotional is our gift to you. We pray that it will be a welcomed resource for your journey to the manger.

Our hope is that you will find this to be a resource worth sharing with your faith community. If you would like to share this Advent Devotional with others, electronic copies are available for download below.

Thank you for the opportunity to journey with you this Advent season, and we hope you will use this devotion to inspire a deeper spiritual journey within your church this year.

2017 Advent Devotional

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Week One:  Hope


Dec 3 | Willful Seeing by Dr. Nancy Claire Pittman, Dean

Dec 4 | Hope for Peace   by Sandy Shapoval, Alumna and Staff

Dec 5 | Take Action by Anna Holloway, Alumna and Staff 

Dec 6 | Hope in Peace  by Dr. Kathleen McCallie, Faculty

Dec 7 | Living in Hope   by Rev. Chuck Jackson, Staff

Dec 8 | Loving Enough to Make Compassionate Assumptions
by MaryAnn Morris, Alumna and Staff

Dec 9 | Challenging Authority by Kurt Gwartney, Alumnus and Staff



 Week Two:  Peace


Dec 10 | Comfort & Hope   by Dr. Lisa W. Davison, Faculty

Dec 11 | Breathe Peace  by Dr. Joe Bessler, Faculty

Dec 12 | No Magical Peace by Cristine Warring, Student Senate Member 

Dec 13 | Prepared for Peace  by Dr. Dennis E. Smith, the late Prof. Emer.

Dec 14 | Christmas Letters   by Dr. Richard F. Ward, Faculty

Dec 15 | Images of Peace by Dr. Deborah A. Phelps, Faculty

Dec 16 | Introspection by Brent Stanfield, Student Senate Member

 Week Three: Joy

Dec 17 | The Gap Between Here and Joy by Dr. Gary Peluso-Verdend, President

Dec 18 | Embody Joy by Dr. Mady Fraser, Chaplain Emerita and Faculty

Dec 19 | I'll Have What You're Having by Rev. Susanna Weslie Southard, Faculty

Dec 20 | For Whom Are You Waiting? by Dr. Ellen Blue, Faculty

Dec 21 | No Fear by Malisa Pierce, Alumna and Staff

Dec 22 | Angels Among Us by Dr. Sarah Morice Brubaker, Faculty

Dec 23 | Great Expectations by Dr. John L. Thomas, Jr., Faculty

Week Four: Love

Dec 24 | Girl, Interrupted by Rev. Geoffrey Brewster, Staff

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