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O Emmanuel

The O Antiphon for December 23: O EmmanuelIsaiah 7:14 / Isaiah 8:6-8 / Matthew 1:18-25

Blog Post | Theology | Derek White | December 23, 2012

O Rex Gentium

The O Antiphon for December 22: O Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations)Isaiah 2:4 / I Peter 2:4-6 / Revelation 15:3

Blog Post | Theology | Derek White | December 22, 2012

O Oriens

The O Antiphon for December 21: O Oriens (O Dayspring)Isaiah 9:2 / Malachi 4:2 / Luke 1:78-79

Blog Post | Theology | Derek White | December 21, 2012

O Clavis David

The O Antiphon for December 20: O Clavis David (O Key of David)Isaiah 22:15-25 / Isaiah 9:6-7 / Revelation 3:7

Blog Post | Theology | Derek White | December 20, 2012

O Radix Jesse

The O Antiphon for December 19:

Blog Post | Theology | Derek White | December 19, 2012

O Adonai

The O Antiphon for December 18: O AdonaiExodus 3:1-15 / Isaiah 11:4-5 / Isaiah 33:22

Blog Post | Theology | Derek White | December 17, 2012

The O Antiphons

Tonight is the first of the seven "Golden Nights" of Advent (Dec. 17-23) in which the O Antiphons are traditionally prayed.  Known in English primarily by their versification in O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, the O Antiphons (so-called because each begins with "O") each address Jesus with a unique Messianic title from Old Testament prophecy.  Each antiphon is prayed--chanted or spoken--on its corresponding night this week:

Blog Post | Theology | Derek White | December 16, 2012

Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding

"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

Blog Post | Theology | Derek White | December 14, 2010

Reclaiming the Church Year

Sunday begins the season of Advent, and with it a new year in the Church's liturgical calendar.  Through the Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter seasons the Church centers its focus on the life of Christ, from his birth in Bethlehem to his sacrificial death, resurrection, and ascension to glory.  At Pentecost, attention turns to the life of the Church and its mission to the world--proclaiming Christ's saving Gospel to a sinful race.

Blog Post | Theology | Derek White | November 26, 2010

Prosperity Preaching and the Stockdale Paradox

In his 2009 book The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life, Ben Sherwood describes an intriguing phenomenon known as the Stockdale Paradox (after Admiral James Stockdale, the highest-ranking P.O.W. of the Vietnam War), which suggests a counterintuitive link between optimism and survival: When [interviewer Jim Collins] asked Stockdale to explain which American prisoners did not survive captivity in Vietnam, the admiral replied, “Oh, that’s easy. The optimists.”

Blog Post | Theology | Derek White | June 10, 2010