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Our scripture reading today drops us into the middle of an intimate encounter between two extraordinary women: There is the elderly, once-barren Elizabeth and her newly expectant young cousin Mary. As Luke tells it, God is at work through the lives of both women and their words express nothing but joy.Read full transcript...
On this special program celebrating 70 years of faithful weekly broadcasts, the Rev. Dr. Louis C. Schueddig and host Peter Wallace review the history and impact of The Protestant Hour and present excerpts from some of its most influential preachers.
The writer of Genesis is offering what we might call a 'confession of faith' in the primacy of the God of Israel. He is not writing a history of creation, never mind anything that might qualify as a scientific account of how God created the universe.
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.
I do not want to go to another vigil. Sometime soon someone will easily obtain a gun no hunter would ever use. He will open fire in a room full of innocent people. Clergy will organize a vigil where we read the names of the victims. We will grieve for the families of those who died. We will read scripture. We will pray for an end to gun violence.
Many people in my line of work are anti-institutional. I am not. Even though my mission in life is not to save the institutional church (it is to love God and people, first and foremost), I believe in institutions.
It's strange—and striking—how the Bible ends. Not like a mystery, with the culprit revealed and the riddle solved. Not like a symphony or a musical with a grand finale. Not like a novel, with the main character or characters finding some resolution.
If we aren’t careful, in following the mores and tidings of what is popular, Christians are in danger of affirmatively normalizing that which God objects. And one area ripe for the picking is our sexual ethics. May we find both grace and conviction in pursuing “his kingdom come, his will be done,” as we witness to the world around us about why faith in Christ makes a difference.
Are you ready for Christmas? From the entire list checking rituals that we all do, Christmas can be a difficult time of year. For instance, when the movies industry, department stores, and restaurants make a full court press in marketing Christmas on November 1, and virtually skipping over Thanksgiving, (and Advent) it only adds more things to our list. With all of these things added to my list, there are times when I feel like Charlie Brown and I just don’t understand Christmas at all.
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On December 11, 2016 we will celebrate the Third Sunday in Advent.
Our lectionary text for this third Sunday of Advent may strike some as somewhat jarring. For many, Advent is oriented to the past. We remember God’s decisive arrival on earth in the person of Jesus Christ. Our expectations for Advent are the sorts of things that make up nativity sets: a doting mother covered with light, angels singing in heaven, shepherds and their sheep, foreign travelers with their gifts.
In today’s Gospel reading we hear John the Baptist calling the crowds to repentance, to a turning around of their lives, to a turning to God. This turning must not be shallow, flaky, or fickle, but rather, deep, whole-hearted and unwavering.