O BETHLEHEM

Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18 Nathan Hosler Advent is a time of light and darkness, hope and exile and welcome. A baby will be welcomed that brings hope but under the occupation of the Roman Empire and soon the holy family will flee into exile. There is much talk about refugees these…

THANKS, KING

Psalm 93, John 18:33 – 37, Revelation 1:4b – 8 Jeff Davidson As I’ve mentioned a few times over the years, I am an adopted child. When I was young, like kindergarten and first grade, I would wonder who my birth parents were. I would wonder to myself, “What if my birth mother is the Queen…

REFLECTIONS ON PARIS

Matthew 23:23-36 Jesse Winter When I was asked to preach today, Nate wanted me to talk about mass incarceration. Criminal justice reform is a major focus of my work in the Office of Public Witness, and over the past few months I have learned how complex that issue is. It involves everything from politics, money,…

OBSTACLES

Mark 9:38-50 Jeff Davidson If I ever get a tattoo, which is doubtful, it’s going to say, “Be careful what you wish for.” I was reading a commentary on today’s Gospel reading from Mark by Amy Oden at a website called “The Working Preacher” (www.workingpreacher.org) and she had an idea that I thought would be…

With Glad and Generous Hearts

  With Glad and Generous Hearts – Jennifer Hosler Acts 2:42-47; Colossians 3:12-17 Our news media has the unfortunate tendency of focusing on things that go wrong. Violence, crime, oppression—these things sell papers or bring hits to websites. While these problems exist, focusing on them in the news media means that other stories do not…

Keep on Keeping On

My sermon title didn’t make it into the bulletin today, because it took me too long to collect my thoughts about this passage.  For those of you who are curious…I’ve entitled it “Keep On Keeping On.” by Mandy North In 2010, Danny Bradfield of Long Beach, California preached a sermon based on this text in…

The Unity of the Church, the Manifestation of Glory

Nate and Jenn Hosler – The Unity of the Church, the Manifestation of Glory (John 17:20-23)             As all of you know, our current Congress is certainly dysfunctional.  The two parties do not get along.  Many on each side do not like some on the other side (or even those in their own party). Senators…