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Review of Doug Jackson's Advent Sermon Starters

This past year, I taught an adult Sunday School class between Thanksgiving and Christmas, facing a dilemma surely common to teachers and preachers for centuries.  Advent is so steeped in tradition, so well-worn, that our ears and minds are dulled to its message.  What is left to say, and how can it be said in a way to recapture our attention and imagination?

Enter Doug Jackson, like a gust of Gulf Coast wind.  His unique perspective and unusual metaphors – ‘When the circle of life seems to swirl around a sucking shower drain Advent is the dopamine season that orders us to hope’ and ‘For (John the Baptist) the plane was going down and what mattered was not a PhD in parachute design but where to grab the ripcord,’ for example – offer fresh ways to look at the familiar story and perhaps see something in it that we hadn’t noticed before.

The reflections collected here are quite short but pack a substantial punch.  Each is complete in itself, but contains more than enough thought-provoking material to fuel a meaningful discussion or to build a riveting sermon or lesson around.  I highly recommend this resource, available from as ‘Advent Sermon Starters – Year C,’ not only for pastors but also for teachers and small group facilitators.  

4 Comments to Review of Doug Jackson's Advent Sermon Starters:

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Becky Jackson on Friday, March 08, 2013 6:44 PM
I love it when people love my husband's writing. Thank you for the shout out for Doug, Becka!
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Becka on Sunday, March 10, 2013 5:12 PM
You're welcome, Becky! You're both blessings to me.

Buy Generic Celebrex on Monday, April 01, 2013 12:04 AM
I genuinely enjoy reading your post. Thanks for sharing these different thoughts with us.
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Air Jordan 10 Retro on Thursday, May 30, 2013 9:07 PM
Thanks for this wonderful sharing and want to know more detail so please continue... LY
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