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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