a sermon on another john

Third Sunday of Advent | Texts: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, John 1:6-8, 19-28 | In Mark’s gospel, John is called John the baptizer, but today’s gospel tells the story a little differently. The John that we meet in this gospel is most importantly John the witness. John the testifier. John, the one who points towards the light...

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unexpected and mysterious

The title of this blog - in which I share preaching and reflection - comes from an advent hymn of the same name. I treasure Unexpected and Mysterious because its text tells the truth about my deepest needs in the face of my deepest pain. Despite failure and weakness, in my personal life or in my work, God's tenderness and compassion hold me. I need this unexpected and mysterious grace...