Advent is a season of anticipation and hope

Churches following the lectionary (a group of Scripture lessons determined by the Christian calendar) may take note of the¬†odd fact that the scriptures¬†in Advent focus not on the birth narratives of Jesus but on his second coming, what Jeremiah calls the coming “day of the Lord” (Jeremiah 33:14). This Sunday’s epistle lesson (the second SundayContinue reading “Advent is a season of anticipation and hope”

The spiritual discipline of “waiting upon the Lord”

Sermon preached for lectionary, 2013 September 1. Texts: Genesis 15:1-6, Luke 12:32-40. I. I had a preaching professor who once told us to rarely, if ever, use our family for sermon illustrations…But, I must tell you about my son’s first day of school this past month! You know what its like on the first dayContinue reading “The spiritual discipline of “waiting upon the Lord””