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Advent Devotional Guide 2018

Photo of burning red candles symbolizing Christmas and the Advent season.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of PBA’s founding, we have taken an anniversary approach to a popular holiday tradition: our devotional guide for Advent. Since 1996 the University has published a guide with daily devotionals written by members of the University community. Now we’ve gone back over those years and selected some of the best devotionals to be reprised in this year’s Advent guide.

The guide opens December 2 with a piece by PBA’s first president, Dr. Jess Moody. Contributions also come from two other former presidents, Dr. Paul R. Corts and Dr. David Clark. Other writers include Dr. Perry Hildreth, who receives the credit for almost single-handedly creating an annual theme and collecting devotionals for many years. I have had the joy of continuing Dr. Hildreth’s tradition.

Alumni of PBA will relive some wonderful memories as they read devotionals written by favorite professors and/or fellow students from years past. Current President William M. B. Fleming, Jr. concludes this year’s guide on Christmas Day with a freshly written piece.

The guide had been a printed booklet, but since 2016 we have produced it in digital form for wider distribution. Those who sign up for the guide will receive a devotional in their email each day of Advent and also on Christmas day.

I pray that the 2018 Advent devotional guide will assist you in reflecting back on the birth of a great and growing Christ-first university and, more importantly, the birth of our Lord.

--Dr. Ken Mahanes, special advisor to the president


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