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Team of 31

Team of 31

LETTER TO PARISHIONERS FROM CAMERON COLE: A youth pastor once posed a provocative question to me. What would be better: for a person to spend ten hours with a young person or for a person to pray for that same young person for ten hours? It’s a thought provoking-question, which drives home the point of … Read More

Fall 2016 Inquirers Class

Fall 2016 Inquirers Class

The Inquirers’ Class is a special adult education course open to anyone, but it is particularly designed with newcomers to the Advent in mind as well as adults considering confirmation, reception from another denomination, or public reaffirmation of their faith. The series meets for ten weeks in the fall and spring, and as an accelerated … Read More

Sep 10 – Oct 22: Habitat Build in Calera

Sep 10 – Oct 22: Habitat Build in Calera

The “Episcopal Build” with the Diocese of Alabama will begin Saturday, September 10, with an 8:30 a.m. groundbreaking ceremony and will continue through October 22. We need volunteers every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., working either a full or half-day. This year’s site is in Calera in partnership with the … Read More

October 6-9: 2016 Men’s Fall Hike

October 6-9: 2016 Men’s Fall Hike

The Men’s Hike is unlike any church retreat you’ve ever been on.  Four days in the woods in the fellowship of men, carrying everything you’ll need on your back.  Crisp mornings, campfires, the rush of mountain streams, quiet.  Time and time again in the Bible men encounter the Lord on the mountain.  We walk in … Read More

9/23 – 9/24: Senior High Fall Retreat

9/23 – 9/24: Senior High Fall Retreat

We have a real privilege for our Senior High Retreat. Mark Howard, the international director of communications for Elam, a ministry that supports the Christian church in Iran, will be our speaker. Mark wrote The Story of Iran’s Church in Two Sentences, which has gone viral in the last two weeks, about the miraculous growth of … Read More

The Story of Iran’s Church in Two Sentences

The Story of Iran’s Church in Two Sentences

by Mark Howard at TheGospelCoalition.org Everyone loves a good story. As Christians, we especially love stories that tell us how, when all seems lost, God makes a way. One such story is about the church in Iran—and it’s one of the greatest stories in the world today. It’s a simple story that can be summarized … Read More

Dads with Daughters/Dads with Sons

Dads with Daughters/Dads with Sons

Dads With Daughters Bible Study Starting in mid-September and lasting for one semester, the Advent will host a Bible study for fathers with daughters (of any age). The study will help fathers better understand their daughters and equip them to better encourage their girls with biblical truths. The curriculum was developed by some mothers in … Read More

Rooted Ministries Top Ten of the Month

Rooted Ministries Top Ten of the Month

Rooted Ministries Top Ten for July 2016    … Read More

Kwashi and Keller: November is Special K month at Beeson

Kwashi and Keller: November is Special K month at Beeson

Archbishop Ben Kwashi of Jos, Nigeria, (and 2007 Lenten preacher at the Advent) will deliver the Reformation Heritage Lectures November 1-3 at Hodges Chapel at Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School.               Also, The Rev. Timothy Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, will be giving a lecture open to … Read More

Dean’s Bulletin Board 7.31.2016: Farewell Stephen McCarthy

Dean’s Bulletin Board 7.31.2016: Farewell Stephen McCarthy

We knew that Stephen McCarthy would one day leave the Advent, but it has come too soon.  Stephen is leaving the Advent to pursue a Master of Sacred Theology at Yale Divinity School.  Stephen’s last Sunday with us will be August 21 when he will preach. The idea of the curacy is to allow a … Read More

Beeson’s Lay Academy of Theology – new courses

Beeson’s Lay Academy of Theology – new courses

Beeson Divinity School’s Lay Academy of Theology offers non-credit evening classes and other study opportunities led by Beeson faculty for interested laity as well as ministers desiring continuing education. New courses start in September with instructors who include our own Mark Gignilliat (right). http://www.beesondivinity.com/layacademy… Read More

One Egg Project to Support Children in Rwanda

One Egg Project to Support Children in Rwanda

The Advent Bookstore will soon be selling beautiful soapstone eggs from the Mother’s Union in Rwanda for $50. Your purchase of one egg provides an actual egg a day for two children in a preschool run by the Shyira Diocese of Rwanda. There are currently 26 preschools run by parishes within the diocese offering this … Read More

Law and Gospel

Law and Gospel

Ed. note: The July 17 Dean’s Class, The Law and the Gospel , is some of the most compelling audio that I’ve been privileged to post on this website in the past fourteen years. If you missed it, I recommend it, and highly! It runs about 45 minutes. And if that leaves you wanting more, there’s about … Read More

Grief Recovery Groups Starts in September

Grief Recovery Groups Starts in September

We will once again host a six-week Grief Recovery Group, led by Craig Smalley and Gil Kracke, for Adventers who have recently experienced the death of a loved one:  Tuesday evenings (7 to 8:30), from September 6 through October 11, at the Advent House. To register or for more information, please call Robin Turner in … Read More

Dean’s Bulletin Board 7.10.2016

Dean’s Bulletin Board 7.10.2016

Where’s the Dean? I wanted to let you know what I’m up to and where I am for a good part of the summer. After leading a group of Adventers on our Reformation trip through Germany, I will be taking sabbatical for most of August, returning after Labor Day. Those weeks I will spend time … Read More

Do We Have Time for This?

Do We Have Time for This?

“Do we have time for this?” As new parents with new careers, we weren’t sure. After the busy work week, it seemed a herculean task just to make it to church on time(ish) most weeks with a smocked-baby in tow. However, we knew we needed the help of God and fellow Christians to navigate life’s … Read More

Dean’s Bulletin Board 5.02.2016

Dean’s Bulletin Board 5.02.2016

View the short video above – OR – read how Tim Keller echoes some of Phillip Jensen’s recent Birmingham talking points in “Three Biggest Idols in Western Churches Today“…  – Andrew… Read More