If 2020 showed us anything it revealed how necessary that kind of deep and intentional listening is, and how difficult it is to sort through all the voices we hear, both within and outside ourselves, and discern a truthful way forward. I don’t expect that kind of listening to be any less necessary or difficult in 2021.
Who are you listening to these days? Who are you not listening to? What are you listening for? What do you want to hear and what do you not want to hear?
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Over the last few days I thought a lot about my Nazareths; the people, places, and situations that I had no right to judge, question, or label but I did, and sometimes still do. I’ve wondered about the ways I’ve belittled, demeaned, and rejected the Nazareths in my life. I am sure I lost more by their absence from my life than they would have gained by my presence in theirs. And I wonder how many times I have missed the Messiah’s presence because I refused to look toward Nazareth. Continue reading Nazareth: A Condition Of The Heart – A Sermon On John 1:43-51
The collect and readings for the Second Sunday after Epiphany may be found here. The following sermon is based on John 1:43-51. “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Nathanael has some opinions, some assumptions, about Nazareth. You ever make any assumptions? “I’ve seen his type before; he’ll never change.” “She’s always so negative; I know what she will say.” “He won’t understand; he never … Continue reading Jesus of Nazareth Meets Nathanael of the Fig Tree – A Sermon on John 1:43-51, Epiphany 2B
One of the questions I most often hear people struggle with is God’s will. What is God’s will for my life? What does God want me to do? It is often asked with the idea that God has a certain plan in mind and our job is to read God’s mind, to figure out what God is thinking. The spiritual life then becomes legalistic; a … Continue reading God’s Will