a sermon on kings and demons and strong men (oh my)

The texts this week are full of religious and political scandal. After generations of God’s leadership as the people’s highest authority, in today’s reading the people of Israel want a human king. Recent leadership has been corrupt, neighboring kingdoms are gaining power, and economic interests are at stake...

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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...