A 28 Day Advent Devotional

"You can never lose or forget joy if you become joy."

Junius Johnson, Reflection on White Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Advent is the season of wonder, of magic, of childlike longing. It is a time of dragons and unicorns, even if our iconography doesn’t reflect it. Advent ought to be characterized by unbounded excitement: He’s here! He’s arrived! It’s finally time! We should rush to the Lord's feet, perhaps probing his pockets to see what he has brought us from his travels.

These 28 reflections or meditations underscore some key threads in the Christmas tapestry. In them, the beloved songs that are with us everywhere we go during the holidays (in our cars, at work, in stores, at church, at home) become the occasions for deep theological reflection. In them, "O Come, O Come Immanuel" reveals the dimensions of human longing, while "Away in a Manger" celebrates the great paradoxes that are best approached through the simple faith of a child.

The reflections are arranged into 28 audio files, most less than 10 minutes long, that you can listen to on the go or while at rest.

So come along for a journey like no other: through the soundtrack of Advent. Together we will retread the steps of Christ, from the moment he comes down to earth to the moment he ascends in glory, and onward, to his continued presence among us today, arms extended, pleading for sinners.

Let every heart prepare him room!

Here's a preview of what you can expect:

All 28 reflections are available upon registration


  • I listened to EVERY one and have never had such a magical, "wonderful" Christmas in all my 52 years of living.

  • Dr. Johnson’s course was the condition upon which I received a second touch from Christ that gave me fuller sight. Countless conferences in philosophy, education, and literature over the past decade barely touch the depth and personal availability that make his academy unique. While a brilliant scholar, he masterfully uses analogies and real world experience to make difficult concepts accessible on each student’s level. His genius is evident in every class, and on a multitude of topics.

  • Participating in a course led by Dr. Junius Johnson is a wonderful journey of exploration, seeking hidden gems in unexpected places. It is an opportunity to learn to look deeper than the surface, both in reading and in the mundane of life. A delightful feast for the mind that lasts far beyond the actual banquet.

  • This is a rare opportunity to hear from an articulate, imaginative thinker, who intersects his academic knowledge and his living faith in refreshing clarity. Every time I hear Junius Johnson speak, I walk away asking: "Did I forget how exciting and joyful the life of the mind can be?”

  • This is a friendly, informal format where you can learn and share ideas about different aspects of faith. Junius as leader is welcoming, encouraging, real, orthodox, very knowledgeable, and clearly loves the Lord and loves people.