Emmanuel And The Messiness of Life – A Sermon On Matthew 1:18-25

What do you make of today’s gospel? (Matthew 1:18-25)  It’s a beautiful story but does it make sense to you? I doesn’t to me. I have some doubts about it. It doesn’t sound or feel real to me. Does it…

Advent Preaching in Year A, The Gospel According to Matthew

Below are links to my previous sermons for Advent, Year A, the gospel according to St. Matthew: Advent 1A, Matthew 24:36-44 + 2016: Advent in America: Politics and Baptism. Advent 2A, Matthew 3:1-12 + 2016, Beauty, Hope, and Repentance.  + 2013, Too…

The Scandal We Long For – A Sermon on Matthew 1:18-25

What is the most shocking part of today’s gospel (Matthew 1:18-25, Advent 4A)? What’s the thing that makes you wonder whether it really happened the way Matthew describes? What’s the hardest part to believe? For most people, I suspect, the…

The Final Work of Advent

“Now the birth of Jesus took place in this way….” (Matthew 1:18-25) Matthew's description of how the birth happens does not mention anything that is on my to-do list. So maybe the real work, the final work of Advent, is to…

Scandals, Wombs, and Emmanuel – A Sermon on Matthew 1:18-25

The collect and readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 1:1-25. Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to…

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