June 5, 2020

Advent Greeting and A Few Good Links

UPDATE: Fearsome Pirate Josh Strodtbeck received his Treasury of Daily Prayer and writes a useful review. Do you have yours? Hit the sidebar and get one from New Reformation Press.

I’m sending along an audio Advent greeting with this post.

Rod Dreher comments on and reproduces Terry Mattingly’s lecture, “What Do Converts Want?” Lots of things of interest here for the post-evangelical crew.

W.H. Chellis makes the case for a serious belief in Santa Claus. This is much needed in our day, especially when belief in Santa is attacked by skeptics like my daughter.

I’m 52 and just learning what “Hodie” is all about. Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “Hodie” is a superb piece of Advent/Christmas music.

Reverend Cwirla’s Blogosphere is really Advent Central, along with the BHT’s Advent blog.


  1. If you’re sharing links, I’ve got a book-recommend for you.

    “Trespassers Will Be Baptized” is this pastor’s daughter’s memoir about growing up Baptist in East-Central Kentucky. So far, it’s a pretty neat book.

  2. It’s rather fabulously written. Her blog is really well-done, too.

    “Why don’t you just write her a fan letter then, loser?”

    SO I DID!

    Maybe you could interview her for this blog? Good book.

  3. I never make fun of Baptists or support people who do.


  4. Another fan of Ralph Vaughn Williams! I don’t go anywhere without “Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis.”

  5. Steve in Toronto says

    My Wife and I are using Phyllis Tickle’s “The Divine Hours: Prayers for autumn” and wintertime” for our family devotions during advent. Do any imonk readers know how it compares with the “Treasury of Daily Prayer”? We have found “The Divine Hours” very edifying for us but a bit to difficult for your young children ages 5 and 7. How child friendly is the “Treasury of Daily Prayer”?

    Steve in Toronto

  6. I’ll put in a plug for “The Winter Pascha” by Thomas Hopko (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1997). It has forty devotional readings for the Christmas/Epiphany season, but a lot of it is in Advent.

  7. If we’re recommending music for Advent, I’m plugging Arvo Pärt’s “Seven Magnificat Antiphons”, which is a setting of the seven “O” Antiphons (O Sapientia, O Adonai, O Radix Jesse), O Clavis David, O Oriens, O Rex Gentium, O Emmanuel) sung at Vespers/Evening Prayer from 17th – 23rd December.

    They’re in German, which should please all the Lutherans 😉 and, although I dislike German as a sung language (sorry!), I really like these.

    (Actually, in general I’d recommend Arvo Pärt as a modern composer of religious music).

  8. Martha,

    I agree to anything that Arvo Pärt has written. I remember one performance of his Litany, where the singers were each in a different colored pastel shirt. Very effective.


    I want to second your recommendation about “Trespassers will be Baptized” I enjoyed it also. Michael, being an RA, would not appreciate the trials and tribulations of GA’s.

  9. I’m trying to blog nothing but Advent and Christmas during the month of December, but I don’t know if I’m going to make it. A surfer happened by my site searching for Elijah and the Prophets of Baal, so I would like to write that post. I will soon be reviewing Phylis Tickle’s book on the Sayings of Jesus. It has nothing to do with Advent, I just started reading it this weekend. I’ve read some Advent posts, I’ve written a few, and even if I get distracted by some other things I do feel it should be our focus during these very busy weeks leading up to Christmas.