My family went over the top with Christmas gifts when I was young. But because of Advent, I knew this wasn't what I was waiting for.
Advent | Third Sunday of Advent (Year A)
Like many pastors, I remember clearly the first sermon I ever preached. It was during my second semester of seminary, and I probably worked on it for 50 hours. Each detail was written and rewritten until I was confident I had produced the greatest theological document by a seminarian in quite some time.