Way

Way

In the beautiful poem of Isaiah 40, which we used to open worship this morning, and which Mark quotes at the beginning of his Gospel, we’re asked to imagine a great public works project: the building of a superhighway. This highway was needed because the time of exile...
The End of Exile is Incarnation

The End of Exile is Incarnation

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail th’incarnate Deity, Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel. In 586 BC or thereabouts, the city of Jerusalem was sacked by the Babylonian army. Many of the city’s citizens were led away in captivity to Babylon,...
We Build The Kingdom

We Build The Kingdom

Mary sang, in the great song that she’s credited with: God has performed mighty deeds with his arm;     God has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. God has brought down rulers from their thrones     but has lifted up the humble. God has filled the...
We Choose The Fire

We Choose The Fire

So, you’re going to buy the field. That was my advice to you, last week: buy the field. We were in the book of Jeremiah, exploring how Jeremiah took his own words about having hope in the midst of desolation and put them into practice. It was Jeremiah’s right and...
We Buy The Field

We Buy The Field

This Sunday, we’re exploring one of my very favorite stories in the whole Bible. It’s a little hard to hear what’s happening, what with the Hanamels and the Shallums and the ancient property codes. I’m not overstating things, though, when I tell you that this is...
The Season of Walking and Waiting

The Season of Walking and Waiting

In 587 BC or thereabouts, depending on how you number the years of certain kings’ reigns in various chronicles, the second siege of Jerusalem by the Babylonian army was successful. The first siege was also successful, although incomplete in destructive force....