Discovering Advent: How to Experience the Power of Waiting on God at Christmastime

Discovering Advent: How to Experience the Power of Waiting on God at Christmastime

by Mark D. Roberts

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Mark D. Roberts, the widely read writer and scholar in residence at Laity Lodge, describes how he discovered the power of waiting on God while waiting in an endless checkout line during the busy Christmas season. In a moment, Roberts went from frustration to elation, and so began his journey into Advent.

Advent is the observance of the Christmas season as the Christians of yesteryear knew it--and as many millions of Christians know it today. But modern evangelicals have mostly left Advent behind, and in so doing, have lost some of the power and majesty of the season where we celebrate the coming of God to live among us. In this ebook, Roberts gives us the gift of Advent again by sharing his story, explaining the practices of the season, and offering us a guide to use as we observe Advent in our churches and homes.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013485334
Publisher: Patheos Press
Publication date: 11/11/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 27 KB

About the Author

The Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. He is Senior Advisor and Theologian-in-Residence for Foundations for Laity Renewal, an organization that seeks to "create opportunities for people to encounter God for the transformation of daily life, work, and our world."

From October 2007 through August 2011, Mark was the Senior Director for Laity Lodge, one of the ministries of Foundations for Laity Renewal. Before coming to Laity Lodge, he was for sixteen years the Senior Pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church in Irvine, California. Mark studied at Harvard University, receiving a B.A. in Philosophy, an M.A. in the Study of Religion, and a Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian Origins. He has taught classes in New Testament for Fuller Theological Seminary and San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Mark has written several books, including No Holds Barred: Wrestling with God in Prayer (WaterBrook, 2005. His most recent book is Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (Crossway, 2007).

Mark writes a devotional for The High Calling, a website produced by Foundations for Laity Renewal. His "Daily Reflections" can be viewed online or sent as a daily email. If you wish to receive this email, just visit and sign up.

Mark has been an active blogger since 2003. His blog is now part of the growing community of You can find it here: He also writes a regular column for Patheos, the Pastor's Workshop.

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