As Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 comes to a close, I wanted to offer a few reflections about what this month means to me and my work as a theological educator.
On Thursday, May 21, I’ll be speaking at a conference called “From Interpretation to Preaching.”
My presentation addresses Matthew’s use of Old Testament quotations/ citations in the infancy narratives (Matthew 1-2). There are four, five, or six ciations, depending how you count them.
In chapter 1 Matthew quotes Isaiah 7:14 (the Immanuel prophecy), while chapter 2 contains quotes from Micah 5:2 (with an addition from 2 Samuel 5:2), Hosea 11:1, and Jeremiah 31:15 (plus a closing citation of “the prophets,” but there is no agreement what the OT reference is).
As the newest member of the staff at Northeastern Seminary, I have completed my first month and continue to praise the Lord for giving me the honor and privilege of working with such wonderful people in such an incredible work environment.
As you prepare your heart for the New Year let this poem reawaken the hope that comes to us as a grace filled gift in the birth, sacrifice, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our prayer for you this Christmas Day.
In the final entry of this blog series dedicated to the many manifestations of the season of anticipation, Dr. Elizabeth Gerhardt opens our hearts to the mystery and wonder of Advent.
Alumnus Thomas Worth wrote this poem in 2012 as part of a personal Advent tradition. This time of year naturally invites us to reminisce on memories of seasons past. In his poem, Thomas recalls moments of encountering Emmanuel as a child.
This Advent reflection was originally published in the 2010 Community of the Savior’s annual Advent meditations booklet where Elizabeth Guckenbiehl-Lang attends church.
For many of us, “waiting” has negative connotations. Waiting in line at the grocery store, waiting on hold as we call for a needed service or medical appointment, or waiting for a test result … the list goes on and on. Often, such waiting is accompanied by frustration, irritation, or impatience.
Space to ask questions.
Space to listen to God’s Spirit.
Space to let insights, impressions, and reflections
bump into each other and converge for discovery.
Space for your own spirit to be still, restore, integrate,
and seek elements of faith in the certainty of God’s presence.