The Light of the World (Isa 9:2-7)

https://open.spotify.com/episode/7fvFEP7dlNTvQ4QBsd34Iw?si=f60e2b32e2f64fc7 The following is an unedited sermon manuscript; for an explanation of my sermon manuscripts, click here.*Originally preached December 25th, 2022* 2 The people who walked in darknesshave seen a great light;those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,on them has light shone.3 You have multiplied the nation;you have increased its joy;they rejoice before youas … Continue reading The Light of the World (Isa 9:2-7)

“Christ’s Nativity” by Henry Vaughan

Awake, glad heart! get up and sing! It is the birth-day of thy King. Awake! awake! The Sun doth shake Light from his locks, and all the way Breathing perfumes, doth spice the day.  Awake, awake! hark how th’ wood rings; Winds whisper, and the busy springs A concert make; Awake! awake! Man is their high-priest, and should rise To offer up the sacrifice.  I … Continue reading “Christ’s Nativity” by Henry Vaughan

The Uninhabitable Terror of Christmas

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3ID0MeRNhF7YzcDDv77c0M?si=f9b2d7fa34df4d9d I have always found this short Christmas reflection/parable from the late Frederick Buechner so arresting that, despite me disagreeing with much of what he writes elsewhere, I can't help but love this: The lovely old carols played and replayed till their effect is like a dentist's drill or a jackhammer, the bathetic banalities of the pulpit and … Continue reading The Uninhabitable Terror of Christmas

A New and Glorious Morn (Luke 1:67-79)

The following is an unedited sermon manuscript; for an explanation of my sermon manuscripts, click here. *Originally preached December 13, 2020* Sermon Audio: A New and Glorious Morn (Luke 1:67-79) 67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,for he has visited and redeemed … Continue reading A New and Glorious Morn (Luke 1:67-79)

A Weary World Rejoices (Luke 1:46-55)

The following is an unedited sermon manuscript; for an explanation of my sermon manuscripts, click here. *Originally preached December 6, 2020* Sermon Audio: A Weary World Rejoices (Luke 1:46-55) 46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.For … Continue reading A Weary World Rejoices (Luke 1:46-55)