“On Good Authority”

The Baptism of Our Lord (B)
“On Good Authority”
January 7, 2018

Sermon Text: Mark 1:4-11

Peace be unto you from our Savior, Lord and King, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

Seriously? Is anyone going to believe this stuff – the account of our Lord’s baptism as recorded and reported by St. Mark… or that which is found in the other two readings for today… or actually anything and everything found in Holy Scripture?

Life makes us skeptical. This world and our experiences in it make us skeptical. What to believe? What is true and what is not? Who can we trust?

Whether you buy into the whole “Fake News” issue of today and what is happening in the news media – print and electronic… even on their best days when the cardinal rules of journalism are being adhered to regarding only reporting substantiated facts while diligently seeking to eliminate all bias and leaving editorialization to the editorial page, one still needs to take what they read, hear and see with a grain a salt. That is to say, it seems that one must be very careful as to what amount of credence, weight and import is placed on information received from various sources.

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“Frustration and Promise”

The Second Sunday in Advent
“Frustration and Promise”
December 10, 2017

Sermon Text: Malachi 4, Mark 1:1-8

A reading from the prophet Malachi, the fourth chapter:

“For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze,” says the Lord of hosts, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.” 2 “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall. 3 You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing,” says the Lord of hosts.

4 “Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel.

5 “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. 6 He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”

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“His Entrance, Our Salvation”

The First Sunday in Advent (B)
“His Entrance, Our Salvation”
December 3, 2017

Sermon Text: Mark 11:1-10, Luke 2:9-14

Peace be unto you from our Advent King, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

“And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke. 2:9-14)

 What? Too soon to read this? The account of our Lord’s birth… His coming to earth… His entry of all places, the little town of Bethlehem?

No… not really. It is not too soon at all and, in fact, this sacred reading parallels the Gospel account before us this morning, the First Sunday in Advent.

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