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2011_04 WINTER

2011_04 WINTER

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The Winter issue of THE ANGLICAN DIGEST - VOLUME 53, serving the Anglican Communion since 1958 with edifying information and uplifting articles.
The Winter issue of THE ANGLICAN DIGEST - VOLUME 53, serving the Anglican Communion since 1958 with edifying information and uplifting articles.

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The
Anglican Digest
TM
WINTERA.D.2011
 
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THEANGLICANDIGEST 
THE ANGLICAN DIGEST
An independent voice reflecting the ministry of the faithfulthroughout the Anglican Communion.
 Founded1958
ISSN0003-3278Vol.53,No.4
PrintedintheU.S.A.
The Anglican Digest
ispublishedfourtimesperyearbySPEAK,theSocietyforPromotingandEncouragingArtsandKnowledge[oftheChurch]atHillspeak,EurekaSprings,Arkansas.
Editor
TheRev.CanonDr.KendallS.HarmonPOBox2730,Summerville,SC29484-2730Phone(843)821-7254e-mail:ksharmon@mindspring.com
Managing Editor
TheRev.JohnDrydenBurton
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THEANGLICANDIGEST 
issenttoallwhorequestit.Itisnotconnectedtoanyparticularinstitution,parish,ordioceseintheAnglicanCommunionandissupportedsolelybyread-ercontributionsandadvertisements.PaidadsmustmeetguidelinessetbytheBoardofTrusteesbutdonotrepresentendorsementby
THEANGLICANDIGEST 
.OpinionsorviewsexpressedinarticlesandadvertisementsdonotnecessarilyrepresentthoseoftheBoardofTrustees.©2011SPEAK,Inc.Allrightsreserved.
 
WINTER2011
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 Advent:SubvertingtheSecularWorl
Wehavetotackleanumberofkindsofyears.There’stheschoolyear,thesecularyear,theshop-pingyear,andthepoor,neglect-edchurchyear.Inasense,weliveinallofthemandkeepingourfeetplantedineachrealityisnoeasything.Alltoooften,weonlyrememberthatthechurchhasayearwhenwelookattheserviceleafletonSundayandtrytofigureoutwhichSundayafterwhichwearein.
O
falltheseyears,theChristianyearpresentsthegreatestchal-lenge.Itremindsusthatwearecitizensofanotherplaceandoweourallegiancetoanotherruler.TheearlyChristianswereperse-cutedandkilledbecausetheyclaimedthatJesusisLord.Perhapstodayweareregardedasrathereccentricwhenwewhisperthesamewords.Theyremindusthatourfaithisnopri-vate,personalthing,butthatwearecitizensofthekingdomofGod.Wearesubversive.WeseektobringtheloveofChristintothesecularworldbecausewebelievethatultimatelytheworldwillberestoredtoGod.Inthemeantime,weworkandpraytotransformwhatisintowhat
shallbe
.
T
heSeasonofAdventbeginsanotheryear.ItsetsoursightsonthemiracleofChristsbirth,thatGodinvadedthisplanetintheformofahelplesschild.Thisvul-nerableGodwalkswithus,takesourflesh,recreatesthehumanrace,suffers,diesandsoisinalloursufferingsandinourdeaths.Herisesagaingivingusthehopeofresurrectedlifeinanewheav-enandanewearth.Weperhapsmoanaboutasec-ularizedChristmasthatbeginsbeforeThanksgivingandendsabruptlyonthedayafterChristmas.Ratherthanmoaning,wecanmeetthechallengeitpresents.WecanbesubversivebykeepingAdventinholypreparation.WecankeepChristmasbyobservingthetwelvedaysinjoy,gratitude,andcompassionforGodspoorandneedy,ratherthanthrowingoutthetreeonDecember26th!Aboveallwecanhumbleour-selvesbeforethebabywhoisKing,andofferhimourlivesinobedienceandhope.TheRev.TonyClavier,St.Pauls,LaPorte,Indiana

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