How to Survive the Apocalypse

When Jeanne came home from the grocery store with a case of white beans, a case of wine, and candles, she joked, “I am prepared for the apocalypse!”   In general, when we hear about people building bomb shelters, stockpiling canned food, guns and ammunition, we think they are paranoid.  Some days we think they may … Continue reading How to Survive the Apocalypse

“Star of Wonder” Matthew 2:1-12, Isaiah 60:1-6

The stars were brighter when I was a boy.  I’m certain of it.  I was out on a clear, cold night last week and Jeanne said, “Look there is Orion” and I remembered nights after the first moon landing, studying charts and memorizing constellations by day, and keeping a list of what I found.  We … Continue reading “Star of Wonder” Matthew 2:1-12, Isaiah 60:1-6

Advent Preaching: Week One

    Think Fast!  I remember these words from a silly game we played as kids.  Hearing these dreaded words meant when you turn to see what was happening, there was a basketball already headed towards your head and only quick reflexes would keep you from getting knocked in the noggin.  A variation of the … Continue reading Advent Preaching: Week One

John 18:33-37 “Black Friday – The One Before Advent”

        The Sunday sermon after Thanksgiving Day should be a no-brainer.  We have much for which to be thankful, and so we count our blessings, be they family and friends, health and a roof over our heads, our cups overflow with blessings, and so shall our tables groan, and our stomachs stretch, till we … Continue reading John 18:33-37 “Black Friday – The One Before Advent”

John 1:6-8, 19-28 Advent IIIB

There are so many evocative symbols surrounding John the Baptist in the four Gospels.  Each gospel emphasizes a different point of view about John the Baptist.  Mark and Matthew emphasize the prophetic nature of John, noting that he is out in the wilderness eating locusts and wild honey.  They link John the Baptist’s message to … Continue reading John 1:6-8, 19-28 Advent IIIB