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Friday, November 30, 2018

John the Baptist Points to the Real Hope of Advent

Fleming Rutledge: John the Baptist Points to the Real Hope of Advent
We’re not awaiting a helpless baby, but a righteous and powerful judge.
Fleming Rutledge
It would be hard to say which is more alien to our contemporary ideas of getting ready for Christmas, the season of Advent or the figure of John the Baptist—the man who greeted the Pharisees and Sadducees by calling them a “brood of vipers” (Matt. 3:7, ESV throughout). How would you like to get that on a Christmas card?
This unlovable figure is very much out of sync with our times, yet he is one of the foremost figures of Advent, at least in the preaching calendar followed in my ...
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