Sermon for December 26, 2021

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Sermon for December 19, 2021

This week we are going to focus on the story of Mary.  Mary is one of the most important characters in the New Testament.  Mary is spoken to about the Word.  She then conceives the Word.  Next, she gives birth to the Word.  Lastly, she nurtures the Word.  Too often, Christianity does not know what to do with Mary.  Some make her a goddess and others tend to ignore her completely.  I believe that all of Christianity needs to recognize that it was Mary that never left Jesus, except that one time they accidently left him at the Temple, for his entire ministry.

Sermon for 12.12.21 – Advent and Politics

John the Baptist prepares a way for the Messiah who comes not only to help us but also to go head-to-head, as Will Willimon writes, against the powers that be.  This pronouncement eventually leads to John the Baptist losing his head.  King Herod Antipas was not as Great as his father, and not only that, but he also couldn’t shut John the Baptist up and he didn’t want the message getting back to Tiberius Caesar through Pontius Pilate that he couldn’t control his territory and he himself lose his power or even his own head.

Sermon for December 5, 2021

We are naturally suspicious of anger.  Most of that is because of the cultures that we have been brought up.  The ancient Greeks believe anger was a feeling that needed to be overcome, it was subhuman.  This leads to a problem because Malachi is promoting an idea that is often not painted in with the first advent of Jesus.  Malachi is saying, “the refiner is coming, and he is ANGRY because we are not living as we should!”