Life Can Be Different – An Advent Sermon On Matthew 3:1-12

The Second Sunday in Advent, Year A – Matthew 3:1-12 What if I preached like John the Baptist? What if I was as blunt and direct as he is? What if one Sunday I began my sermon like this?  “So what brought you slithering in here today? You sons of … snakes. Why are you here? To get out of the cold? To see your … Continue reading Life Can Be Different – An Advent Sermon On Matthew 3:1-12

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Beauty, Hope, and Repentance – A Sermon on Matthew 3:1-12, Advent 2A

Matthew 3:1-12, Advent 2A If last week’s gospel (Matthew 24:36-44) called us to wake up and be watchful of the worlds within us and around us, then this week’s gospel (Matthew 3:1-12) calls us to respond. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” What does that mean for you? What is John the Baptist asking of us? What has been your experience of repentance? … Continue reading Beauty, Hope, and Repentance – A Sermon on Matthew 3:1-12, Advent 2A

Too Content to Repent? A Sermon on Matthew 3:1-12, Advent 2A

“Repent for the kingdom of heaven has come near” (From Matthew 3:1-12, Advent 2A). Those words drew the people to John the Baptist. The people of Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region along the Jordan went to him. I wonder what they expected? Were they really ready for St. John? Did they expect to hear a truth teller, one who would tell the truth about … Continue reading Too Content to Repent? A Sermon on Matthew 3:1-12, Advent 2A

Who Cares? A Sermon on Matthew 3:1-12, Advent 2A

The collect and readings for the Second Sunday of Advent may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 3:1-12. In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare … Continue reading Who Cares? A Sermon on Matthew 3:1-12, Advent 2A