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...
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...
Baptism Into Resurrection

Baptism Into Resurrection

I was baptized when I was fourteen. On paper, my church believed in adult baptism… but in practice, we had sort of forgotten to do any for awhile. Baptism wasn’t a condition for membership in the church, so no one had asked the adults when they joined. And while we’d...
Re-Beginning

Re-Beginning

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I...

Testing

Similar to your favorite television drama, this sermon comes to you with a recap, a quick refresher on last week’s spectacle. Last week, in the Gospel of Matthew, John the surprise son of Zechariah and Elizabeth was baptizing people in the Jordan River. I can’t do...