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Advent 2014

Immanuel, God with us. Read some of Mark’s reflections on celebrating Advent with the new story of “God with us”, the old story of failures and despair no longer have the upper hand. Also included are some highlights from 2014, including stories of change and hope for those we work alongside. Blessings for this Advent season, and thank you for what you do in your communities to live out the hope we celebrate this Advent: Immanuel, God with us.


The Advent of Justice

In 1993 Mark Vander Vennen, now Shalem’s Executive Director, co-authored a book of Advent meditations entitled “The Advent of Justice”.  The devotional has recently been printed for a third time!  Co-authors with Mark are noted Biblical scholars Sylvia Keesmaat (who also served as editor), Brian Walsh and Richard Middleton, with illustrations by Willem Hart.  They and Mark are thrilled that this little book continues to have a life and be in demand.
The back cover states, “In this book of reflections, four friends come together to lead us more deeply into Advent as a time of profound hope for the coming of God’s good kingdom of shalom while also a time of lament and anguish in the face of injustice.”
Check it out here.