Almost Christmas: A Wesleyan Advent Experience (Devotions For The Season)
In 1741, John Wesley preached his famous sermon titled "The Almost Christian" in which he encouraged people to follow Christ wholeheartedly. We should not be satisfied with being almost Christian but rather strive towards being altogether a Christian. In Almost...
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In 1741, John Wesley preached his famous sermon titled "The Almost Christian" in which he encouraged people to follow Christ wholeheartedly. We should not be satisfied with being almost Christian but rather strive towards being altogether a Christian. In Almost Christmas: A Wesleyan Advent Experience, author and pastor Magrey deVega leads a group of authors to explore how we can make the same commitment to Christ during Advent, connecting our Wesleyan heritage with the traditional Advent themes of Love, Hope, Joy, and Peace. In this book, perfect for Advent, deVega and the other authors break down the barriers that prevent us from experiencing an "altogether" love, hope, joy, and peace in Christ in our lives and in the world around us. They demonstrate the promises God offers to us that makes those longings a reality, inviting us to claim those promises for ourselves this Advent and celebrate an altogether Christmas. The devotional contains 28 daily devotions for the four weeks of Advent corresponding to the themes of Altogether Love, Altogether Hope, Altogether Joy, and Altogether Peace. Written by pastors and other leaders, the devotions celebrate and bring together the season of Advent and the best of our Wesleyan heritage.
Magrey deVega is the Senior Pastor at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida. He is the author of Awaiting the Already: An Advent Journey through the Gospels. He is also the Leadership Editor for Covenant Bible Study, overseeing the weekly small group classroom experience. He is a contributor to the Abingdon Preaching Annual 2016; Feasting on the Gospels: John; and the forthcoming Ultimate Lectionary Sermon Series Guide x Press. He has written leader's guides and program manuals for numerous small group materials including Counterfeit Christianity: The Persistence of Errors in the
April Casperson is an ordained deacon in The Unitednbsp;Methodist Church and serves as the Director of Diversity andnbsp;Inclusion for the West Ohio annual conference.
Matt Rawle is Lead Pastor at The Well United Methodist Church in Ponchatoula, LA. Matt is an international speaker who loves to tell an old story in a new way, especially at the intersection of pop culture and the church. He is the author of a new series of books titled The Pop in Culture Series. The series includes The Faith of a Mockingbird, Hollywood Jesus, and The Salvation of Doctor Who.
Ingrid McIntyre is the co-founder and Executive Directornbsp;of Open Table Nashville, a ministry with those experiencingnbsp;homelessness that focuses on disrupting cycles of poverty innbsp;the Nashville area.