The December-January “Towers” is now on stands and online.
Every December, my mom used to put this felt “advent calendar” on the wall, then my siblings and I would stick little wooden figures onto it as we counted down to Christmas. It was fun. All it really taught me, though, was that 24 miniature Santas — and wreaths and reindeer — velcroed to a felt cloth lead up to the real Santa. Not exactly the advent we’re talking about in this issue of “Towers.” Unlike the felt version, local pastor Daniel Montgomery explains how the traditional church calendar — including the real advent calendar — can preach the gospel to a congregation, year after year. And, like last year, several seminary figures share their New Year's resolutions.