Today’s gospel, like all apocalyptic literature, takes us to those threshold moments that leave us wondering whether things are falling apart or falling into place. By now most of you know me well enough to know that my answer to that is, “Yes. Yes, they are.”
I’m betting every one of you could tell a story about a threshold time in your life. I wonder what that threshold is for you today. Continue reading New Life Emerges From The Dark – A Sermon On Mark 13:24-37
Where is there light in your life and the world today? And where is there darkness in your life and the world today?
I wouldn’t be surprised if for many or even most of us our first answer is based on how we feel and what we think about the results of our presidential election. But that is not what I am asking about and I hope that’s not the basis for any of our answers. I am asking about something more important than that. I am asking us to look deeper than that. Continue reading Pushing Back The Darkness – A Sermon On Matthew 25:1-13
There comes a time in each of our lives when understanding and knowing give way to the darkness of not knowing and not understanding. The journey of faith, it seems, is a journey through the darkness. Maybe we all come “to Jesus by night.” Continue reading In the Nighttime of Life – A Sermon on Genesis 12:1-4 and John 3:1-17
Though uncomfortable and disorienting, this darkness is not bad, in fact, it may even be womblike. This darkness is not the end of faith but holds the dawn of a new kind of faith. Continue reading The Luminous Darkness
The collect and readings for the Feast of the Epiphany may be found here. The following sermon is based on Matthew 2:1-12. When our sons were young they often wanted a light left on when they went to bed. There was the nightly reminder, “Dad, don’t forget the nightlight.” Sometimes it was “Dad, would you leave the light on and crack the door.” They wanted … Continue reading The Nightlight of God’s Presence, Jesus – A Sermon for the Feast of the Epiphany, Matthew 2:1-12
The collect and readings for the First Sunday in Advent, Year B, may be found here. The following sermon focuses on Mark 13:24-37. “In those days….” So begins our entry into the Season of Advent. It sounds ominous and it is. Advent is not just a liturgical season of the church year. It is a reality of life. It happens in all sorts of ways. … Continue reading “In Those Days….” – A Sermon on Mark 13:24-37, Advent 1B