Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Great Reversal

In the midst of these Holy-days, I haven't had time to upload a written version of my sermon from Advent 4. But no worries, you can always go to Messiah Lutheran Church's podcast site on iTunes. My sermon from Advent 4 is entitled "The Great Reversal".

As we continue in these days of Christmas, may you be graced by God's great reversal, Immanuel, God With Us!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Show Us What We’re Not Seeing

(The following sermon was preached at Messiah Lutheran Church, Knoxville, TN on the First Sunday in Advent, December 2, 2012. The sermon arises from the Year C pericope for the day, specifically the gospel reading, Luke 21:25-36.) 

Most all of us have some sort of peculiar habit. Come on admit it. You know you do. We all, most everyone, have some little thing that we do - and yet don't realize we’re actually doing it - that after a while can really begin to annoy the people around us.  

Take my mom for example. [Shhh, don’t tell her I talked about her.] She has this peculiar habit, as she’s riding down the road, of reading signs...out loud!    
“Knoxville 120 miles”
“Cracker Barrel next exit”
“See Rock City”
And this doesn’t happen just on the interstates. US and State Highways work just fine too...
“Oh, look there, Turkey Creek Mall...”
“Hey there’s Messiah Lutheran Church...Did I ever tell you that time I went to that Lutheran Church in Alaska?”
On and on she goes, reading the signs.

In fairness to her though, and if I’m really honest with myself, I read signs too. Granted not out loud! But I do read them. Probably most of us do. Signs on the road can give us information, some of which, we actually need. That next gas station, when the tank is on empty. The next rest stop when the other tank is full. So I guess, in some ways, we are all people who look for signs. And, not just signs on the roadway. We watch for signs that give us information about our daily lives, about what we can expect to happen with the weather,...with the stock market, our health, our relationships or family life. There are all kinds of signs that give us information; give us assurance; give us hope.