Dec 19, 2014

Advent Reflection: The Roman Empire

Luke 2:1-5
If you’re ever in Rome, you might visit the Piazza del Popolo (the People’s Square). This large square is famous for, among other things, its twin churches that form part of the square’s border. In the center of the piazza is an obelisk that stands over one hundred feet high...Read more +
Dec 18, 2014

Keeping Christmas Well: Live with Graceful Generosity

2 Corinthians 8:1-9
How can we live rich, full lives? How can we flourish at work and at home, at church and in the community? Second Corinthians 8 answers these questions by drawing out implications of the Incarnation of Christ. Second Corinthians 8 is a first-century fund-raising letter. The Apostle Paul wrote this...Read more +
Dec 18, 2014

Keeping Christmas Well: Taste the New Creation

2 Corinthians 5:1-21
Happy New Year! Yes, today is the first day of the new year. But it is also the eighth day in the Christian season of Christmas. So, today we continue our series in Keeping Christmas Well. At the same time, our reflection today picks up the theme of newness, focusing...Read more +
Dec 18, 2014

Keeping Christmas Well: Be Part of Christ’s Presence in the World

1 Corinthians 12:12-27
How is Christ present in the world today? How can you and I represent him in our daily lives? Our text from 1 Corinthians 12 answers these questions by use of an incarnational analogy. First-century Corinthian culture prized spiritual experience and personal accomplishment. Thus it encouraged both preoccupation with one’s...Read more +
Dec 18, 2014

Advent Reflection: God’s Tender Mercy

Luke 1:67-80
After his son, John, was born, Zechariah “was filled with the Holy Spirit” and uttered a “prophecy” (1:67). His prophecy is often called the Benedictus because of how it begins in Latin: benedictus Deus Israhel (Blessed be the God of Israel). Zechariah praised God for sending a Savior, whose way...Read more +
Dec 17, 2014

Advent Reflection: God’s Promise to David

Psalm 89:1-52
In our Advent reflection today, we remember that we are waiting for the one who is the Son of David, the rightful king of Israel. Psalm 89 accentuates this kind of waiting, first by celebrating God’s unfailing love, which was expressed through the Lord’s covenant with David. The Lord promised:...Read more +
Dec 16, 2014

Advent Reflection: The Child to Be Born

Isaiah 9:1-7
Perhaps one of the clearest prophetic texts in all of Scripture appears in Isaiah 9. I cannot read Isaiah 9:6 without two immediate associations. First, I hear in my memory the mighty chorus of Händel’s “Messiah”: “For unto us a child is born …." Second, I think of Jesus, the...Read more +
Dec 15, 2014

Advent Reflection: Praise

Luke 1:57-66
I have a friend who tends to look on the dark side of things. No matter the subject, chances are he'll come out with something negative. Now I like my friend for lots of reasons, but I sure wish he'd learn to be a little more positive once in a...Read more +
Dec 12, 2014

Advent Reflection: Faith

Luke 1:39-45
Every now and then while I’m channel surfing on TV, I pause to listen to a preacher. It’s not uncommon to hear televangelists talk about how faith is the key to being blessed by God. “If you will only believe,” they insist, “then God will bless you.” Often that blessing...Read more +
Dec 11, 2014

Advent Reflection: Mary

Luke 1:26-38
In yesterday’s reflection , we consider Zechariah’s hesitant and doubtful response to the angel’s news that Elizabeth, his elderly wife, would bear a son. Today’s Scripture passage portrays a different response to God’s surprises. Once again, our passage is full of surprises. No doubt Mary was startled by the angel’s...Read more +