"Perhaps Advent has been over-civilized, when actually it is a wild time. Advent never was preparation for Christmas-as-we-know-it, in the scripture. No lightness of heart, no festive decorating, no parties. Advent was deep yearning, even anguished yearning, for relief from the wildness of the times. And if it is a wilderness time, God is going to choose to speak through the kind of people who know how to survive in the wilderness."
A sermon on Matthew 3:1-12, for Church on the Hill, by Pastor John A. Nelson