Questioning Advent: Day Eight – Get Ready

We read about John the Baptist every second Sunday of Advent. Here in the middle of the Christmas joy and preparation is this story of this guy who lives down by the river eating locusts and wild honey, and shouting at everyone to repent. There’s a good reason no one is putting John the Baptist on a Christmas card. Maybe it’s John’s call to us to “repent” that scares us the most. I hear “repent” and I either think of a religious revival where some preacher is calling everyone sinners, or a dour confessor doling out penance. Neither is particularly … Continue reading Questioning Advent: Day Eight – Get Ready

Journey Through Lent: Day 23

When I was about six, I think I thought God had a big version of my first grade teachers chart. I probably envisioned God making that crucial judgement between the happy face and unhappy face at the end of each day for each of us. And like those rules on the classroom wall, I wanted to do just enough to know I was safe. If I could only have a list of God’s minimum happy face requirements, I’d be all set. As we grow older, of course, it takes more than a chart to help us make the right choices. … Continue reading Journey Through Lent: Day 23

Why We Repent: Sermon for Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mark 1:9-15 1:9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 1:10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 1:11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” 1:12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 1:13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on … Continue reading Why We Repent: Sermon for Sunday, February 26, 2012