Sermons from December 2017

Sermons from December 2017

121 For the Next 365

I invite you to open your Bible to Psalm 121.  Except for the 16 years I lived in Kansas City, I’ve spent my entire life in the hills—younger years in the Ozarks, later years in the Ouachitas.  I like the hills.  They feel like home.  At first glance it sounds like Psalm 121 was written with an eye toward the hills.  But when we listen closely, we see that the psalm was…

Remember the Manger

Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr said that on Christmas, he preferred to go to a church where there was no sermon, only music, art, and drama.  “Words just aren’t up to it,” he said.  Niebuhr’s right.  Words aren’t up to it.  That’s why we’ll keep our words to a minimum today.  But there is good news in Christmas worth telling.  A few of those words are found…

Follow the Light

Is it just me, or does Christmas get more complicated every year?  Online shopping has made that part of it easier for some, but there are lots of decisions to make, lots of complications to negotiate, lots of questions to answer: Are we staying home, or do we go to Grandma’s? What do I get my dad who has everything? Do we decorate before Thanksgiving, or do we wait?  And…

Light and Life

I invite you to open your Bible to John 1:1-5, 14.  This is John’s Christmas text.  He writes nothing of shepherds watching their flocks by night, nothing of angels singing in the sky, nothing of a young Nazarene couple, nine-months pregnant, frantically searching for a place to stay in crowded Bethlehem before the baby comes.  There’s no nativity scene in John’s account,…

It’s Gonna Be Alright

If there’s one thing that every Christian can say with full confidence, it’s what the choir just sang to us: “It’s gonna be all right.”  That’s what the prophet Isaiah is saying to God’s’ people.  I invite you to open your Bible to Isaiah 60:1-3.  This is a classic Advent text.  I encourage you to read the whole chapter.  We’re going to hear the first three verses: Arise,…