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Advent 3B Sermon Commentary

 

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John 1:6-8, 19-28 Sermon Commentary

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“Among you stands one you do not know.” Those were John the Baptist’s words as recorded in John 1:26.  Of course, at that time it was literally true that a quiet carpenter’s son from the backwaters of the Roman Empire was rubbing shoulders with lots of people—including the crowds that jostled together at the banks…

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Psalm 126 Sermon Commentary

Advent 3B

On this third Sunday of Advent the Lectionary directs our attention to the third post-Exilic Psalm in a row (see previous articles on Psalms 80 and 85). Each of these three is focused on the word “restore.”  But in Psalm 126 the tone is decidedly different than Psalms 80 and 85, where there was much…

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Sermon Commentary

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After the heavy duty apocalyptic warnings and the stern commands of II Peter 3:8-15a, our reading for this third Sunday of Advent feels a bit lightweight, like a snow flurry of commands that don’t really fit the Advent season, except that our reading ends with Paul’s final reference in this letter to “the Parousia of…

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Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Sermon Commentary

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We often connect much of the Christmas season to happiness.  God’s people love to sing, “Joy to the World.”  We decorate our homes, stores and communities with bright lights.  Most of us like to celebrate with both the young in age and the young in heart. This Sunday, however, is also a part of a…

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