Sermons (Page 8)

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.

The Spirit of God has been poured out on us. A sermon on Joel 2:23-32

The aftermath of disaster, faced honestly and in the presence of God, is renewal. Now, I’m not saying that disaster is the only way to renewal and so should be welcomed with open arms. And I’m not saying that the renewal necessarily makes the disaster “worth it” or erases the harm and the hurt caused by the disaster. As with much of life, we need to hold two true things in tension together: disaster is terrible AND good can follow from it.

Seeing through Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is not always easy – indeed, it may never be easy, either because we don’t feel we have much to be thankful for or because we have come to take what we have for granted – but thanksgiving is always life-giving; calling our attention beyond our circumstances, whatever they may be, and directing our gaze to God.