The End of Silent Nights

God’s promise of redemption came in the midst of a sinful, self induced free fall into oppression. The people of God questioned His wisdom, which led them to question His goodness, which led them to question His presence, which led them to turn away, which led them into captivity. That’s the theme on repeat in the Old Testament. The prophesies that anticipated that first Christmas carry a heavy tone. If what the world needs is deliverance from sin and injustice, then the world needs a perfect judge who will execute pure and… Read More

God With Us

Written by Susan Dunk I am writing Advent lessons for the kids classes at KW Redeemer and I was reminded of a brilliant blog I read at this time last year by Dr. Jono Linebaugh. “What’s in Two Names”. The Redeemer KiDS will hear from the Jesus Story Book Bible’s “He’s Here!” which is the Biblical narrative of Christ’s arrival… “Now the birth of Jesus Christ, was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph… Read More

Where Fear meets Hope

Written By Susan Dunk “O little town of Bethlehem,” is one of those Christmas carols I don’t sing too often. To be clear, it’s a beautiful song, it just feels like I’m singing to a town…instead of the Babe of that town. However, in that classic Christmas song lies a lyric that sums up Advent in a single phrase: Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight This is the heartbeat of Advent … into our darkness shone… Read More