“They Have No More Wine”

~ John 2:1-11; Psalm 36:5-10 ~ Even though I think it’s quite important, I’ve done enough weddings in my time to realize that my part is just a tiny bit of the whole thing called a wedding. As much as I might lament the reality of it all, I have … Read More


~ Matthew 2:1-12 / Isaiah 60:1-6 ~ The stories of Christmas are resplendent with light. In Luke, the night is filled with light, as angels bring the good news of great joy in the radiance of the glory of the Lord: “And the glory of the Lord shone all around … Read More

“Affirming Our Identity”

~ Luke 2:41-52 ~ My first job after college was with an evangelistic youth ministry in Denver, CO, called “Youth for Christ.” Billy Graham was very much involved with starting this organization in the late 40’s. I worked in the Youth Guidance program, in which teens on probation were referred … Read More

Before the Curtains Open

~ Luke 2:21-40 ~ If you’ve ever gone to the opera, before the curtain goes up, before the drama begins, you’ll hear a musical piece called an ‘overture’. Some of the epic movies of the 50’s had the same. I remember going to see Lawrence of Arabia and seeing the … Read More

“Joy Can Be Had!”

~ Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6 ~ Today is the Sunday of Joy. Amongst these Advent candles, today’s candle is pink, I think to make it stand out – a special candle for a special Advent Sunday. Today we turn to joy. On this Third Sunday of Advent the gospel text, … Read More

“Showing the Way of Peace”

~ Luke 1:68-79; Luke 3:1-6; Malachi 3:1 ~ Traditionally, the theme for this Second Sunday of Advent is peace. The second candle in our Advent wreath is the Peace Candle. But this second Sunday could also be called John the Baptist Sunday. There’s John, son of Zechariah, in the wilderness, … Read More