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An Advent Message: Elizabeth’s Song

The following post is the second in a series of Scriptural messages called “The Songs of Christmas: Advent Meditations on the Incarnation.” I pray that these Advent devotions may be used by families as well as individuals and perhaps even … Continue reading

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Advent Readings and Lightings: Pastoral Preparations for the Coming Season

I wanted to provide an aid for congregations and pastors, particularly those in free church backgrounds, who want to move away from the commercialization of the season to focus on the Incarnation. That is a hard sell to be sure. … Continue reading

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Lausanne Lesson # 5: Peace is Possible

Yesterday the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization dealt with the desperately needed issue  of reconciliation; a reconciliation that must come, through Jesus Christ, out of the brokenness of our sin condition in the world today. That theme hit on … Continue reading

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A Theology of Mincemeat Pie: A Christmas Parable for Prodigals

I grew up eating mincemeat pie. Aunt Eva made them every Christmas, and as a child, I loved those pies. They were made of a finely chopped, cooked mixture that included raisins, currants, apples, suet, sugar, spice, candied peel, and … Continue reading

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Elizabeth’s Song: An Advent Sermon

The next movement in the Symphony of Christmas after Mary’s opening happens as Mary travels from Nazareth to the hill country of Judea.  One commentator has written that: “[Mary] probably traveled fifty to seventy miles from Nazareth to Zechariah’s home … Continue reading

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Advent Quotes for Reflection on the Nativity of Jesus Christ

I always seek to place a “reflections” in the bulletin. I believe that for most people the Church, and in particular the liturgy of the Church, is the primary way that the sacred words and the familiar words and the … Continue reading

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The Songs of Christmas: Elizabeth’s Song

Another “Song” from Advent is the spontaneous, Spirit-shaped response of Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth. Preaching.com has published this second in the series and it is here.

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Nothing Can Save Us That is Possible

I am reading W.H. Auden’s Collected Longer Poems while on vacation. Throught the oncoming heaviness of sleep last night, as I lay reading, seeking the soothing medicinal dust of my summer reading pile, I came across this, which did indeed soothe … Continue reading

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“Behind Every Cloud…”: Gen. 9.12-15; Luke 2.8-14; Acts 1.6-9; Rev. 1.7: An Advent Sermon

Introduction to the Readings My family and I are living in between two calls. Our church will be in between two pastors. We live so much of our lives in between. Some of you are living in between your old … Continue reading

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Longing to Believe: An Advent Sermon (Genesis 15.1-6; Luke 1.46-55)

Existentialist Jean-Paul Satre may have been speaking for many in today’s world, when he wrote about the human being possessing a desire to be satisfied and fulfilled, but nothing in this world being able to fill the bill. So we … Continue reading

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