How will you answer the announcer of God’s word? You could miss that the word of God comes to John (the Baptist), son of Zechariah. The word is a holy revelation embedded deep within multiple layers of context - political, familial, prophetic. Before the word can come to John, Luke paints a picture of the governors, measures the landscape by the rulers of regions, accounts for the
Advent originated as a penitential observance, focused on God’s call as redeemer and judge of all time. Today begins the church’s new year. It seems counterintuitive to the way in which we usher in our new year on January 1 with all the hype and celebration. Advent, though, sets our celebration of the coming of God into the world as a human into this framework of anticipation of this
Thanksgiving is a spiritual practice Before it was a noun, “thanksgiving” was a verb. The difference matters. A desert father once said: “If you have a chest full of oranges, and leave it for a long time, the fruit will rot inside of it. It is the same with the thoughts in our heart. If we do not carry them out by physical action, after a while they will spoil and turn bad.” Living
The aim of the gospel of John is clearly stated in the last verse of its last Chapter. John 20:31 states, “But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.” The question of Jesus’ divinity, who Jesus was, what Jesus represented, and why Jesus was on earth fills the entire Gospel. When
This week's sermon took the form of an instructed Eucharist.