Advent is just around the corner and, over the last few years, has become one of my favorite times of the year. Four weeks of waiting before Christmas. Not four weeks of building up excitement with more decorations and more Christmas carols, but a traditionally dark, meditative, and reflective season waiting upon the incarnation and upon the time when the world will be set right.
This week I had the chance to sit down and talk with Nate Feldmeth, a church history professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, to discuss the Advent season. I loved hearing from a church historian about the origins and traditional practices surrounding Advent. Thankfully for you, this was not just a private conversation between Dr. Feldmeth and myself. There happened to be a microphone in the room and the conversation is now available online at The Burner Blog.
If you have any interest in Advent, the history of church traditions, and/or understanding why church history and ancient practices are important for the church today, you may want to spend twenty minutes and take a listen.