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Gardner-Webb School of Divinity’s Annual Advent Devotional Begins on Dec. 2

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Contributors Include Students, Alumni, Board of Trustees Chair, Administration, Faculty and Staff

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Gardner-Webb University’s School of Divinity presents its annual Advent devotional series Dec. 2-25. Edited by faculty and staff from the divinity school, these devotions are contributed by GWU administration, students, alumni, Board of Trustees chair and other faculty and staff from across the campus.

Associate Dean and Professor of New Testament Interpretation Dr. Jim McConnell guides the process of collecting, editing and compiling the daily devotions. He is assisted by Lisa Hollifield, divinity school administrative assistant, and Dr. Cal Robertson, professor of biblical studies.

In the introduction, McConnell describes Advent as a celebration of “living in the in-between time” while waiting on the second coming of Jesus.

Quoting from Romans 13:11-13, McConnell affirms, “And so, we wait, but, as Paul says, we do so actively, as those who are awake and not asleep. According to Paul, being awake means that we ‘lay aside the works of darkness’ and ‘live honorably.’ Paul calls on his readers to ‘put on the Lord Jesus Christ,’ in effect being enabled by the Spirit to be the presence of Christ wherever we are.”

Gardner-Webb University is North Carolina’s recognized leader in private, Christian higher education. A Carnegie-Classified Doctoral/Professional University, GWU is home to nine colleges and schools, more than 80 undergraduate and graduate majors, and a world-class faculty. Located on a beautiful 225-acre campus in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb prepares graduates to impact their chosen professions, equips them with the skills to advance the frontiers of knowledge, and inspires them to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of others. Ignite your future at

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