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Jul 21, 2019
Crossing Over
Series: Jonah
Jonah 3
 
Through Jonah's modest message, the great city of Ninevah enacts corporate repentance before God. The writer brings a sharp contrast between Jonah's slow response and Ninevah's rapid response. In Jonah 1, the prophet called himself "Hebrew," literally "crossed over one." Jonah uses this term to conceal himself to the sailors. The term in the Hebrew connotes "sin." Without saying specifically what he did, Jonah admits "in disguise" his own guilt.
 
"This word emerges again in Jonah 3:6 when the king ""took off"" his robe in order to show repentance. Brown says he ""crossed over"" from royalty to penitent.
 
Transformation in our lives looks similar. Instead of concealing ourselves like Jonah, we cross over like the king and the rest of Ninevah."
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  • Jul 21, 2019Crossing Over
    Jul 21, 2019
    Crossing Over
    Series: Jonah
    Jonah 3
     
    Through Jonah's modest message, the great city of Ninevah enacts corporate repentance before God. The writer brings a sharp contrast between Jonah's slow response and Ninevah's rapid response. In Jonah 1, the prophet called himself "Hebrew," literally "crossed over one." Jonah uses this term to conceal himself to the sailors. The term in the Hebrew connotes "sin." Without saying specifically what he did, Jonah admits "in disguise" his own guilt.
     
    "This word emerges again in Jonah 3:6 when the king ""took off"" his robe in order to show repentance. Brown says he ""crossed over"" from royalty to penitent.
     
    Transformation in our lives looks similar. Instead of concealing ourselves like Jonah, we cross over like the king and the rest of Ninevah."
  • Jul 14, 2019A Reluctant Prayer
    Jul 14, 2019
    A Reluctant Prayer
    Series: Jonah
    Jonah has been called the reluctant prophet. He was reluctant to follow God's call to preach against the city of Ninevah.
  • Jul 7, 2019Reluctance makes us run
    Jul 7, 2019
    Reluctance makes us run
    Series: Jonah
    Reluctance Makes us Run
     
    Jonah 1
     
    Jonah, obviously uncomfortable about his commission from God, chooses to go as far away as possible --Ninevah. But, he couldn't outrun God. God, because of his grace, chases him down.
     
    Scholars note both the "downward" direction of Jonah's journey and the "eastward" path towards Tarshish. The book of Genesis uses a similar "eastward" trope to illustrate humanity's journey away from Eden.
     
    Jonah is read on Yom Kippur (day of atonement). Which is rich with theological hope for us. As Erica Brown suggests, "The reading suggests that it is indeed never too late to identify alternate roads to integrity, authenticity, and intimacy with God . . . we may give up on ourselves. God, however, does not give up on us."
  • Jun 30, 2019A Reluctant Story
    Jun 30, 2019
    A Reluctant Story
    Series: Jonah
    A Reluctant Story
     
    Jonah 1:1-3
     
    Jonah is a story that accomplishes more than it probably should. Jonah is not a protagonist; he doesn't fit into Joseph Campbell's hero framework. Theologian George Landes suggest that "no fewer than sixty-three places in the text where the author's deliberate or inadvertent withholding of information poses at least some interpretative issue for the reader and, in addition, thirteen places where narrative features create a dissonance in the logic or coherence of the story."
     
    "Even though the story doesn't fit into a predictable story pattern, we choose no to ignore it. It invades us; it slips through our defenses and seeks to take us captive.
    Its discomfort might be by design. Jonah is discomforted. We are discomforted. We are tempted to accuse Jonah of reluctance, but in the end, we are confronted by our own reluctance.
     
    Jonah can be dated earlier or later in the Old Testament story. Jonah's name is mentioned in the Old Testament history books (2 Kings 14:25). Ninevah isn't a significant city at the time though, nor would they have threatened Israel as a mighty empire. Jonah's visit there would have been strange. If Jonah visited Ninevah after the Assyrians invaded Israel, his visit has a different significance.
     
    Reluctance has many faces: either indifference or bitterness. Nevertheless, God pushes Jonah and seeks to deal with his reluctance."

More on that Monday


Aug 5, 2019
More on that Monday | Huddle
Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with our community. Once a month, we have a segment called More on that Monday where we talk a little more about an upcoming or regular event. This week we're talking about our large group gathering for AYM called Huddle.
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  • Aug 5, 2019More on that Monday | Huddle
    Aug 5, 2019
    More on that Monday | Huddle
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with our community. Once a month, we have a segment called More on that Monday where we talk a little more about an upcoming or regular event. This week we're talking about our large group gathering for AYM called Huddle.
  • Jul 8, 2019More on that Monday | Moms Book Club
    Jul 8, 2019
    More on that Monday | Moms Book Club
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with our community. Once a month, we have a segment called More on that Monday where we talk a little more about an upcoming event. This week we're talking with Kim Munafo and Leslie McKinney about our Moms Book Club.
  • Jun 10, 2019More on that Monday | Summer Sermon Conversation
    Jun 10, 2019
    More on that Monday | Summer Sermon Conversation
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with our community. Once a month, we have a segment called More on that Monday where we talk a little more about an upcoming event. This week we're talking with Pastor Joe Skillen about our Summer Sermon Conversation.
  • May 20, 2019Hidden Figures – Father Donovan
    May 20, 2019
    Hidden Figures – Father Donovan
    Romans 1:16
     
    Re-imagining and evangelizing in our day for the sake of the lost and encouraging the saved.
     
    Father Donovan believed that if people truly grasped the evangelistic strategy of Paul, then the world would have more Christians: “Instead of the 33,000 missionaries of the type we have known, if we had 1,000 men of the mind of Paul, convinced of the method of Paul, I wonder what proportion of the world would be evangelized.” This is exactly what Father Donovan did. He gave up nearly 20 years of his life to specifically share the Gospel from tribe to tribe in Africa. He even mapped out what tribes he would visit, how long he would be there, and how many years it would take him to cover so much ground.
     
    Evangelism is still part of the Christian tradition and Biblical mandate. Many see Christianity as the aggressive Billy Graham strategy of door-to-door and/or open-air preaching. Evangelism does not have to be that intimidating.
  • May 13, 2019More on that Monday | VBS
    May 13, 2019
    More on that Monday | VBS
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with our community. Once a month, we have a segment called More on that Monday where we talk a little more about an upcoming event. This week we're talking with Kimberly Munafo about VBS.
  • Apr 15, 2019More on that Monday | Holy Week
    Apr 15, 2019
    More on that Monday | Holy Week
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called More on that Monday where we get to hear a little bit more about an upcoming event. This week we’re talking with Pastor Joe Skillen about all of our Holy Week services.
  • Mar 18, 2019More on that Monday | Easter Egg Hunt
    Mar 18, 2019
    More on that Monday | Easter Egg Hunt
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called More on that Monday where we get to hear a little bit more about an upcoming event. This week we’re talking with Kimberly Munafo about our upcoming Easter Egg Hunt.
  • Feb 18, 2019More on that Monday | Ash Wednesday
    Feb 18, 2019
    More on that Monday | Ash Wednesday
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community.
     
    Once a month, we have a segment called More on that Monday where we talk a little more about an upcoming event. This week we're talking with Pastor Joe Skillen about our Ash Wednesday service.
  • Jan 21, 2019More on that Monday | Eating with Eight
    Jan 21, 2019
    More on that Monday | Eating with Eight
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community.
     
    Once a month, we have a segment called More on that Monday where we get to hear a little bit more about an upcoming event. This week we’re talking with Leslie McKinney about Eating with Eight.
  • Dec 24, 2018More on that Monday | Vitals
    Dec 24, 2018
    More on that Monday | Vitals
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community.
     
    Once a month, we have a segment called More on that Monday where we talk a little more about an upcoming event. This week we’re talking with Pastor Joe about a rhythm of self-examination we call Vitals.

Testimony Tuesday


Aug 13, 2019
Testimony Tuesday | Vicki Hurley
Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Testimony Tuesday where we get to hear how God has worked and is working in the life of an Advent member. This week we'll hear from Vicki Hurley, a participant on a recent Advent mission trip to Honduras.
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  • Aug 13, 2019Testimony Tuesday | Vicki Hurley
    Aug 13, 2019
    Testimony Tuesday | Vicki Hurley
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Testimony Tuesday where we get to hear how God has worked and is working in the life of an Advent member. This week we'll hear from Vicki Hurley, a participant on a recent Advent mission trip to Honduras.
  • Jul 16, 2019Testimony Tuesday | Sanford McKinney
    Jul 16, 2019
    Testimony Tuesday | Sanford McKinney
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Testimony Tuesday where we get to hear how God has worked and is working in the life of an Advent member. This week we'll hear from Sanford McKinney straight from the AYM trip to Eagle Rock!
  • Jun 25, 2019Detours Flat Tires and Unplanned Stops
    Jun 25, 2019
    Detours Flat Tires and Unplanned Stops
    Detours, Flat Tires, and Unplanned Stops
     
    Deuteronomy 8:1-18
     
    God uses obstacles, difficulties, and slow progress to shape us, just like he did with the Israelites on their 40-year journey. God is as concerned with who we are becoming and the journey itself as he is with the destination. What will we learn and how will we be changed by the journey itself?
     
    "One of the main lessons we learn during this stage of the spiritual journey is that God is not in any particular hurry to get us to the Promised Land. He is much more concerned about the transforming work he is doing in us to prepare us for greater responsibilities of freedom living." Ruth Haley Barton. Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry.
     
    What are the obstacles, difficulties, and slow progress I've faced or am facing now on my journey? How have I responded to them? What might God be teaching me or in what ways might he be shaping me?
  • Jun 18, 2019Testimony Tuesday | Sharon and Lyndsey Gill
    Jun 18, 2019
    Testimony Tuesday | Sharon and Lyndsey Gill
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Testimony Tuesday where we get to hear how God has worked and is working in the life of an Advent member. This week we'll hear from Sharon and Lyndsey Gill.
  • May 21, 2019Testimony Tuesday | Ezra Skillen
    May 21, 2019
    Testimony Tuesday | Ezra Skillen
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Testimony Tuesday where we get to hear how God has worked and is working in the life of an Advent member. This week we'll hear from the 7-year old Ezra Skillen. What started as a microphone check ended as a lighthearted episode.
  • Apr 23, 2019Testimony Tuesday | Betty Gay Williams
    Apr 23, 2019
    Testimony Tuesday | Betty Gay Williams
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Testimony Tuesday where we get to hear how God has worked and is working in the life of an Advent member. This week we'll hear from Betty Gay Williams.
  • Mar 26, 2019Testimony Tuesday | ReEngage with Ken and Melissa
    Mar 26, 2019
    Testimony Tuesday | ReEngage with Ken and Melissa
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Testimony Tuesday where we get to hear how God has worked and is working in the life of an Advent member. This week we'll hear from Ken and Melissa Carlton about their experience with ReEngage Marriage Ministry.
  • Feb 26, 2019Testimony Tuesday | Mike Karel
    Feb 26, 2019
    Testimony Tuesday | Mike Karel
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Testimony Tuesday where we get to hear how God has worked and is working in the life of an Advent member. This week we'll hear from Mike Karel and his amazing story of faith.
  • Jan 29, 2019Testimony Tuesday | Tie Groups
    Jan 29, 2019
    Testimony Tuesday | Tie Groups
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Testimony Tuesday where we get to hear how God has worked and is working in the life of an Advent member. This week we'll hear from Jeff Roberts and Michael Bowman about their experience with a TIE Group.
  • Jan 1, 2019Testimony Tuesday | Gary Pennel
    Jan 1, 2019
    Testimony Tuesday | Gary Pennel
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community.
     
    Once a month, we have a segment called Testimony Tuesday where we get to hear how God has worked and is working in the life of an Advent member. This week we’re talking with Gary Pennel about his recent mission trip to Xpujil, Mexico.

Who are you Wednesday


Aug 21, 2019
Who Are You Wednesday | Leslie McKinney
Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Who Are You Wednesday where we get to know an Advent staff member. This week we'll hear from our Connections Director, Leslie McKinney.
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  • Aug 21, 2019Who Are You Wednesday | Leslie McKinney
    Aug 21, 2019
    Who Are You Wednesday | Leslie McKinney
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Who Are You Wednesday where we get to know an Advent staff member. This week we'll hear from our Connections Director, Leslie McKinney.
  • Jul 24, 2019Who Are You Wednesday | Gary Pennel
    Jul 24, 2019
    Who Are You Wednesday | Gary Pennel
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Who Are You Wednesday where we get to know an Advent staff member. This week we'll hear from our Facility Director, Gary Pennel.
  • Jun 26, 2019Who Are You Wednesday | Jerry Stone
    Jun 26, 2019
    Who Are You Wednesday | Jerry Stone
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Who Are You Wednesday where we get to know an Advent staff member. This week we'll hear from our Care Ministry Director, Jerry Stone.
  • May 29, 2019Who Are You Wednesday | David Shotsberger
    May 29, 2019
    Who Are You Wednesday | David Shotsberger
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Who Are You Wednesday where we get to know an Advent staff member. This week's guest is our Director of Worship and Music, David Shotsberger.
  • May 1, 2019Who Are You Wednesday | Joe Skillen
    May 1, 2019
    Who Are You Wednesday | Joe Skillen
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Who Are You Wednesday where we get to know an Advent staff member. This week's guest is our Senior Pastor, Joe Skillen.
  • Apr 3, 2019Who Are You Wednesday | James Weir
    Apr 3, 2019
    Who Are You Wednesday | James Weir
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Who Are You Wednesday where we get to know an Advent staff member. This week's guest is our Arlington Director of Youth Ministry, James Weir.
  • Mar 6, 2019Who Are You Wednesday | Robin Ballou
    Mar 6, 2019
    Who Are You Wednesday | Robin Ballou
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Who Are You Wednesday where we get to know an Advent staff member. This week's guest is our Volunteer Coordinator, Robin Ballou.
  • Feb 6, 2019Who Are You Wednesday | Don Kerns
    Feb 6, 2019
    Who Are You Wednesday | Don Kerns
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community.
     
    Once a month, we have a segment called Who Are You Wednesday where we get to know an Advent staff member. This week's guest is our Arlington Campus Pastor, Don Kerns.
  • Jan 9, 2019Who Are You Wednesday | Dan Eubanks
    Jan 9, 2019
    Who Are You Wednesday | Dan Eubanks
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Who Are You Wednesday where we get to know an Advent staff member. This week's guest is our Christian Life Center Director, Dan Eubanks.
  • Dec 12, 2018Who Are You Wednesday | Linda Aycock
    Dec 12, 2018
    Who Are You Wednesday | Linda Aycock
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community.
     
    Once a month, we have a segment called Who Are You Wednesday where we get to know an Advent staff member. This week’s guest is our Cordova Preschool and PDO Director, Linda Aycock.

Theology Thursday


Aug 1, 2019
Theology Thursday | Bible Translation
Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month we have a segment called Theology Thursday where we discuss a Christian truth in a format we call Elevator Theology. This week we're talking with Greg Chewning about Bible translation.
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  • Aug 1, 2019Theology Thursday | Bible Translation
    Aug 1, 2019
    Theology Thursday | Bible Translation
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month we have a segment called Theology Thursday where we discuss a Christian truth in a format we call Elevator Theology. This week we're talking with Greg Chewning about Bible translation.
  • Jul 4, 2019Theology Thursday | Perspicuity of Scripture
    Jul 4, 2019
    Theology Thursday | Perspicuity of Scripture
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Theology Thursday where we discuss a Christian truth in a format we call Elevator Theology. This week we're talking with Pastor Greg Aydt about the perspicuity of Scripture.
  • Jun 6, 2019Theology Thursday | Miracles
    Jun 6, 2019
    Theology Thursday | Miracles
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month we have a segment called Theology Thursday where we discuss a Christian truth in a format we call Elevator Theology. This week we're talking with Greg Chewning about miracles.
  • May 9, 2019Theology Thursday | Common Grace
    May 9, 2019
    Theology Thursday | Common Grace
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Theology Thursday where we discuss a Christian truth in a format we call Elevator Theology. This week we're talking with Pastor Joe Skillen about Common Grace.
  • Apr 11, 2019Theology Thursday | Communion
    Apr 11, 2019
    Theology Thursday | Communion
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Theology Thursday where we discuss a Christian truth in a format we call Elevator Theology. This week we're talking with Pastor Joe Skillen about communion.
  • Mar 14, 2019Theology Thursday | Faith and Science
    Mar 14, 2019
    Theology Thursday | Faith and Science
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Theology Thursday where we discuss a Christian truth in a format we call Elevator Theology. This week we're talking with Pastor Joe Skillen about faith and science.
  • Feb 14, 2019Theology Thursday | Repentance
    Feb 14, 2019
    Theology Thursday | Repentance
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community.
     
    Once a month, we have a segment called Theology Thursday where we discuss a Christian truth in a format we call Elevator Theology. This week we're talking with Pastor Joe Skillen about repentance.
  • Jan 17, 2019Theology Thursday | Angels and Demons
    Jan 17, 2019
    Theology Thursday | Angels and Demons
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community.
     
    Once a month, we have a segment called Theology Thursday where we discuss a Christian truth in format we call Elevator Theology. This week we’re talking with Pastor Joe Skillen about angels and demons.
  • Dec 20, 2018Theology Thursday | Incarnation
    Dec 20, 2018
    Theology Thursday | Incarnation
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community.
     
    Once a month, we have a segment called Theology Thursday where we discuss a truth that we hold to in a format we call Elevator Theology. This week we’re talking with Greg Chewning about the incarnation of Christ.
  • Nov 22, 2018Theology Thursday | Election
    Nov 22, 2018
    Theology Thursday | Election
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community.
     
    Once a month, we have a segment called Theology Thursday where we discuss a truth that we hold to in a format we call Elevator Theology. This week we’re talking with Pastor Joe about election.