Baptism – where it all begins. A sermon for the Baptism of Jesus

baptism is where it all begins – the foundation of our identity as members of the Body of Christ – his hands and feet; his eyes and ears; his heart and even his soul. Like him, we are beloved children of God. Like him, we are raised to new life. Like him, we are sent to the world. It doesn’t matter whether you remember the moment of your baptism itself – because your baptism is still working in you.

The Holy Family is Chosen Family. A sermon on Matthew 1:18-25

Jesus belongs in the line of Joseph – for this is the line of David. And, since Jesus is the whole point of this lineage (from Matthew’s perspective, at least), Joseph belongs in the line of Jesus. Joseph and Jesus belong to each other.

Which wouldn’t be worth making a fuss about except for the questionable parentage of Jesus, which made the relationship far from a sure thing.

Repentance – Advent style. A sermon on Matthew 3:1-12

If Lent is a season for acknowledging the things that draw us away from God, Advent is the season for embracing the things that turn us towards God, towards the fullness of the vision given us by the prophet Isaiah. Both of these moves are repentant, and both are difficult – but one of them invites us to focus on joy and hope which, ironically, may make it the more difficult practice to observe well as it can be replaced with false cheer and aggressive celebration.

The day of hope is coming. A sermon on the 1st Sunday of Advent

Since there is no knowing when, we simply have to be always ready. Be awake to the presence of God even in the midst of the disasters; know that the promises hold even in the midst of war and suffering and be ready for the in-breaking of the kingdom, for the arrival of Jesus.

It happened before. It’s happening now. It will happen again. And, one day, it will happen finally.