This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the First Sunday of Advent. The gospel text was Matthew 24:36-44. Oh boy oh boy oh boy. It’s Advent! And we all know what Advent means. Advent is a season of waiting, and we all know what we’re waiting for. The baby Jesus! … Continue reading The Most Wonderful Time (Sermon)
This is one in a series of posts about the summers of my life. It has seemed for years that my depression gets worse in the summer, and I'm looking for patterns to discern why that might be. The summer of 2011 was a time when I was looking for something new. I felt stuck, … Continue reading The Summer of 2011
This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this afternoon, at a "Holy Saturday Healing Service." The texts I used were Ezekiel 37:1-14; Zephaniah 3:14-20; and Isaiah 61:1-4, 9-11. A man went to his doctor because of an unusual ache, and she ordered a test to see if it might be cancer. The doctor … Continue reading The Sabbath of Waiting (Sermon)
This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached yesterday, the First Sunday of Advent. The gospel reading was Luke 21:25-36. I must confess: this sermon drew a lot from a sermon by Frederick Buechner entitled "Waiting," found in his book Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons. I hope I haven't breached … Continue reading Waiting in the Darkness
This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the First Sunday of Advent. The text I preached on was Isaiah 64:1-7. The movie It’s a Wonderful Life is the story of George Bailey, a man who spends his life taking care of people in the town of Bedford Falls. He runs … Continue reading Tear open the skies, and come!
The season of Advent begins in the church in just a few days. Advent is a time of waiting. During Advent, we are invited to wait for three things: We wait for Jesus to arrive in Bethlehem at Christmas. We wait for Jesus to return and claim his kingdom. We wait for Jesus to come … Continue reading An Advent Hymn
This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Matthew 25:1-13, the parable of the Ten Bridesmaids. I’d like to tell you today about Robert. Robert was a very active member of a congregation I served. Still is, I’m sure. I remember him as a quiet, thoughtful man. … Continue reading Wait Like a Farmer