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A Word of Invitation for Christmas Eve

For years, I thought it was pointless to preach a sermon on Christmas Eve. I mean, how many Christmas Eve sermons have you actually remembered after Christmas Eve? Hmm? Yeah, me too. Not one. So I operated from the viewpoint that the gospel could speak for itself this one night of the year. The story of the incarnation is enough.

But then, I realized this is only true for people who already believe. For everyone else, it’s just a nice story. It makes us feel all fuzzy and warm, and for an hour or so, we can bask in the gentle glow of candlelight. We can pretend that the cute baby in the manger sleeps in heavenly peace, and won’t bother us too much with the reality of our human existence.

And that’s where we’d be wrong. Continue reading

Unlocking the Mystery – Sermon on John 1:9-18 for Christmas 2C

January 2, 2022
VIdeo

Do you like a good mystery?

I’m a sucker for a good mystery novel. I love the twists and turns of a well-crafted plot, the clues hidden in the smallest details, and the challenge of putting together the pieces of an intricate puzzle. Sometimes, an author leaves a few loose ends dangling at the end of the story, and the unanswered questions act as a teaser for the sequel. This story’s mystery may be solved, but another riddle appears ready to present itself in the next book.

Maybe it isn’t solving the riddle that hooks us, so much as the experience of mystery itself. Continue reading