Advent 1B, Mark 13:24-37, Isaiah 64:1-9, Sermon, Presence, Watchfulness, Apocalypse

“I just needed to be reminded.” – A Sermon on Mark 13:24-37 for Advent 1B

“We didn’t do it that way when we were kids.” “This isn’t the America I remember. It’s not like it used to be.” “The world is a different place these days. It’s changed.” “This isn’t the church I grew up in. I don’t know what happened to that church.” “Back in my day….” “This isn’t the life I planned and worked for.” You could add your own version. There’s a thousand variations on this theme. They all seem to me to have a common thread or question running through them. Here’s the question: What is going on in our world today? What’s happening? Continue reading “I just needed to be reminded.” – A Sermon on Mark 13:24-37 for Advent 1B

Sermon, Mark 13:24-37, Spiritual Formation, Advent 1B, Season of Advent, End of the World, Fall of the Temple

Advent, the Season of Necessary Endings – A Sermon on Mark 13:24-37

By now most of you probably know that the primary focus of my priesthood and ministry is the growth and development of our inner life. It’s the core of my preaching, teaching, and our life together at St. Philip’s. The inner life takes us from darkness to light. It means we are always trying to move beyond the world of external appearances to deep insight … Continue reading Advent, the Season of Necessary Endings – A Sermon on Mark 13:24-37

“In Those Days….” – A Sermon on Mark 13:24-37, Advent 1B

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