We find Isaiah once again speaking a word of hope to a hopeless people. In this sermon, we look at how Isaiah breaks through the limited imagination of this people to bring them good news that they could not have envisioned on their now.
Moses promises Israel that a prophet like him will come to them to speak the word of the Lord. We look at what a prophet’s role is and how the church might hear the prophetic voices around us.
The lectionary guides us to Jonah 3, but we look at our relationship with the mercy of God by talking about the entirety of Jonah this week.
Craig Keen shares with us from the lectionary texts (1 Samuel 3:1–10; Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18; 1 Corinthians 6:12–20; and John 1:43–51), and leads us into the call to become part of the mutilated body of Christ. Here is the manuscript: The four passages that the lectionary tells folks like me to speak on today are…
We discuss the dawn light that God shines over Jerusalem, what it means in Isaiah’s context, and what it means for us.
Isaiah gives us three more powerful images to represent God’s commitment to the Jews (and all of creation). We break down those images, especially the image of marriage, and find ourselves the recipients of good news from God yet again.
We transition together from Advent to Christmas and find out what kind of hope it is that we have in the child of promise who was born for us.
In this third week of Advent, we look at yet another incredible passage from the book of Isaiah. We talk about the distance that we sometimes find between the promises we pronounce and the reality we see in the church, and we are challenged to wait with expectancy for the time when the promises will…
We look at another incredible passage from Isaiah in which God breaks 150 years of silence to comfort Israel and provide new hope. We find this reiterated in the story of Jesus, and we find ourselves claiming the same hope today.
On this first Sunday of Advent, we read a prayer from Isaiah proclaiming “O that you would rip open the heavens and come down!” (among other things). We take a look at what it means to have hope in Christ, a hope that is not lost even in when redemption seems impossible.