John is an interesting, complex, but significant biblical character especially in Advent. He was a Preacher, Prophet, and Disciplinarian.
This morning we hear of John the Baptizer (Baptist) in the desert wilderness. It is the first of a two-part series in Advent featuring John the Baptizer in the desert wilderness. He is in the uncivilized, unsettled wilderness telling the crowds to “prepare the way”. Due to our Christmas program next week, we will miss… Continue reading A Call to Prepare the Way
Advent is a favorite of mine in the church year, but it is also when the Church and the world may be at odds the most. Advent is a time of preparation that prepares our homes, hearts, and souls to welcome Christ. But, any time we prepare to welcome guests our life gets a little… Continue reading Be Still?
Click Here for YouTube Video: It was our second Sunday in Advent, the Sunday associated with peace. All but perhaps the gospel text dealt with peace. Now in our world we all have different notions of and images of what peace looks like. I grew up in a home where I was taught that if someone is not… Continue reading the Light of Peace
Click here for YouTube video. Transcript: Sunday was the First Sunday in Advent and I took a moment to talk about the Advent wreath. The Advent wreath is one white candle in the middle surrounded by three blue or purple candles and a pink candle. Now the blue (or purple) candles represent Hope, Peace, and… Continue reading Be Prepared
text: Jeremiah 33:14-16 (see below)"The days are surely coming" conveys the sense of anticipation and preparation that is the Advent Season. Yet, what are we anticipating and preparing for? In general, Advent is a double-edged, paradoxical sword. On the one edge, Christians are commemorating the original coming of the Messiah. This original coming of the… Continue reading Jeremiah’s Words in the 21st Century