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Meeting the unexpected

On New Year’s Eve, the roadway was completely covered in snow. All I could see in the waning light of day was the general shape of the roadbed curving slightly to the right in front of me. I couldn’t see … Continue reading

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Alone no more

Mary and Joseph mess up. Their only child, and they lose him. (read Luke 2:41-52) Aren’t parents supposed to know where their kids are, at all times? Now, of course, this stuff happens all the time to the best of … Continue reading

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Christmas, now

Just a couple of years before he died, Martin Luther preached one of his last Christmas sermons. In it, he challenged his 16thcentury German congregation to bring the nativity into the present moment – the present reality. Martin Luther described … Continue reading

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Behold, your servant!

A few weeks before Christmas, little Benjamin was thinking about what he really wanted for Christmas. This year, it was a Star Wars Lego set. All his friends had this, and he really wanted one. And Benjamin wanted to write a letter to Jesus … Continue reading

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Behold, I bring you joy!

The Gospel — good news — of God comes to us, as it did two thousand years ago, not on a bright, sunny day. Not as the sun’s rays stream down from a cloudless sky.  The word, both spoken and … Continue reading

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funeral sermon in Advent: Faith in the Night

From the Gospel of John, the first chapter (v.5.9): “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it … The true light, which enlightens everyone, is coming into the world.” These days, we walk in darkness. … Continue reading

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Behold, I prepare the way!

“Behold, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me … “ (Malachi 3:1). It was the day after my birthday at the end of October, that the tree arrived. Much earlier than I expected all the way … Continue reading

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