November 25th, 2018


Worth saying again

The following sermon was preached the First Sunday in Advent, November 29, 2015.

Memories of Christmas

Isaiah 11:1-9

Christmas approaches, and with it comes a flood of memories, including memories of the promises given in Scripture, such as Isaiah’s here. Israel’s long wait for Messiah was finally rewarded – but nobody much noticed. And we are still waiting for the final outworking of the promises given here – of peace, and reconciliation, and for the earth to be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.Collapse )
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Advent Study

Our new pastor is utterly frazzled and fighting bronchitis for her first Advent and Christmas with Arlington UMC, so she asked me to come up with an Advent study. Anyway, here's what we're doing on Wednesday evenings in Advent; don't know times yet.


Wednesday, December 5
“The Gospel Narratives as Primary Sources”

An in-depth study of the birth of Jesus according to Matthew and Luke, illuminated by other known or inferred data from the period. Intended to show, as nearly as possible, “the way it really happened” – and how we know that.

Wednesday, December 12
“Echoes of Christmas: the Woman and the Dragon in Revelation 12”

A close examination of the portents of the woman and the dragon described by John in the Revelation, and how it relates to our understanding of the birth of Christ.

Wednesday, December 19
“A Study of Christmas Songs and Carols”

A theological and historical overview of the development of Christmas music. With lots of singing. Because.

Each evening’s study will be accompanied by seasonal sips and nibbles.