First Sunday of Advent
25 results found.
God’s womb of compassion (Psalm 25:1-10; Luke 21:25-36)
Advent must respond in some consequential way to the widening uncertainty of the living of our days.
November 28, Advent 1C (Luke 21:25-36)
What if Jesus is snatching us out of our desire for another world?
Let the apocalyptic be what it is (Luke 21:25–36)
Trust your hearers. Trust the Spirit.
Signs in the fiery California sky
Climate science is apocalyptic: it reveals fundamental truths.
December 2, Advent 1C (Luke 21:25-36)
What will it take to break through our numbness?
What to expect when we're not distracted
To hear Andy Williams tell it, right now is the most wonderful time of year. It is also the most frantic and maddening time of year. We've commenced our shopping, decorating, and planning for the "best Christmas ever." Or maybe we're completely stressed and wringing our hands because we have no idea how we'll pull it off this year.
Church leaders aren't exempt from the frenetic pace by any means, because we've had Advent on our brains for some time already.
Advent 1C: Luke 21:25-36
Advent stands at odds with the tranquility our culture hopes for this time of year. The coming of the Son of Man will yank us off the hamster wheel of life.
The prophet’s candle
As the first Advent candle is lit, world leaders will be making their way to Paris to try to create a climate treaty.
Emergency and rescue
My grandfather was at his 60th class reunion. During a round of golf with three classmates, one of his friends teed off. After hitting the ball, with his club still in the air, the man said, “Gentlemen, you’ll have to excuse me.” Then he fell to the ground, dead.
My grandfather recounted this, adding, “And it was a nice shot.”
Advent’s scripture passages are about genuine rescue. But I wonder whether we’re sometimes embarrassed to preach about genuine rescue because we are embarrassed to admit we’re having a genuine emergency.
Advent 1C: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Luke 21:25-36
An evening time and a morning time: Jeremiah 33:12-16; Luke 21:25-26
For shame: Only God can set it right
In the Bible, the ambiguity of shame is unmistakable.
Light the candles: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Luke 21:25-36
How odd that the most hopeful season of the Christian calendar begins in the midst of darkness! When we light the first candle on the Advent wreath, it will not be a second too soon. This Advent I feel an urgent need for the light that comes from God, and I do not think I am the only one.
Pent-up power: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36
The realization that one has enemies, personal or professional, can make one adopt a guarded and self-limiting stance toward life. Yet in Psalm 25, where someone is wrestling with this kind of situation, we see the psalmist reaching out to the one he can trust as not treacherous, to whom he can relate, secure in the knowledge that in God he has a source of steadfast love.