These essays were originally given in 1998 as a short sermon series during Advent. I’m sure you will agree that they are not the usual Advent presentation of well-worn platitudes and biblical pablum. Unlike too many of my peers, I can’t stomach that kind of stuff. To me, warm milk not only tastes bad, but it makes me sleepy.
This book is about the time in which we live. Hopefully, you will find it to be timely in your own life, as well. Time is a funny thing. We all live in it. Most of us are slaves to it, driven by appointments and schedules that must be kept. Asking people to think about time is like asking a fish to think about water — with one important difference. As far as we know, fish can’t think at all, at least not in the way that we define thinking. I will ask you to think about time, about how much time you have, how much you need, and what you do with it.