“God is Coming As Something Small”

December 23, 2018 | Luke 2     

In telling the story of Jesus’ birth, Luke is telling a really big story, and the moral of the story is that God is coming into the world as something small.   Luke’s birth story begins with the Roman Emperor, Caesar Augustus, who has ordered that every citizen register to be taxed. The commander and chief […]

“Future Tense”

December 9, 2018 | Luke 1:5-25

Although the theme for this second week of Advent is peace, I’ve decided to keep working with the theme of hope. There is so much more to say about it.  So to begin, a brief re-cap of the three kinds of hope we talked about last week.  First, there is wishful hope, which is hope […]

“Together in Joy and Disbelief”

April 15, 2018 | Luke 24:36-49; 1 John 3:1-4

A few minutes ago, we walked baby Peter up and down the aisle so that you could all see and welcome him.  And, like we do with all the babies on the day they are baptized, we wondered about what this little guy might become as he grows up.  Maybe this.  Maybe that.    We can’t […]

“Doing What Comes Next”

December 31, 2017 | Luke 2:22-40; Galatians 4:4-7

According to Luke’s gospel, it was all pretty spectacular.  It doesn’t start out that way.  Mary’s contractions begin before there is a suitable place for her baby to be born.  She ends up birthing in some kind of an animal shed with Joseph as her midwife.  Animal sheds don’t make great birthing rooms, and Joseph, […]