(Isaiah 9:2-7 Psalm 96 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-20) “The Christmas Intruder!” Last weekend, while I was scrambling with last-minute online Christmas shopping (yes, I missed all that frenetic body-slamming excitement in the check-out lines as I completed my shopping calmly in front of my computer), my browser pulled me onto the Apple website. I still … More The Christmas Intruder!
Christmas Day – Word Made Flesh John 1:1-18 December 25, 2013 I have a confession to make…. I didn’t mail out any Christmas cards this year. I had the cards… I had the stamps… I even had the addresses all ready to go… What I didn’t have were the words… the words to write inside… … More Word Made Flesh
Advent 4A – Sign: A Baby December 21-22, 2013 Isaiah 7:10-16 Matthew 1:18-25 King Ahaz of Judah is in trouble… The armies of Syria and Ephraim have joined together. They have formed an alliance and are ready to attack. Ahaz and his people are nervous… Actually they’re scared! Isaiah says they are so terrified – … More Sign: A Baby
Advent 3A – Water in the Desert Isaiah 35:1-10 December 14-15, 2013 Isaiah says, “For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert!” It seems a little out of place to be rejoicing with the Israelites over God’s promise of water and streams, when we have a weekend of snow, rain, … More Water in the Desert
Second Sunday of Advent December 8, 2013 (Isaiah 11:1-10 Psalm 72 Romans 15:4-13 Matthew 3:1-12) ”Life from a stump!” On this Second Sunday of Advent, Isaiah has painted a new picture for us. Last week it was a plow. This week: “A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse….” I see the stump … More Second Sunday of Advent (Isaiah 11:1-10) “Life From A Stump!”
First Sunday of Advent “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nations shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Is. 2:4). During these weeks of Advent we will be preaching the visions from the prophet Isaiah. The problems with preaching visions is … More “Swords To Plowshares!”