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The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston

Scott Black Johnston: Christmas at John's House

John 1:1-5

4th Sunday of Advent - Special Series

December 23, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston (PCUSA)


The four Christian gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - each have a unique approach to Christmas. Each author introduces Jesus to the world in a distinctive way. Each has a special story to tell - a perspective to share - a hope to offer.

To partake of this hope, Day1 has been visiting the homes of the gospel writers this Advent. We have peeked in frosted windows to see how they have decorated their living rooms. We have noted who sits at their dinner tables. We have asked each of them: "Why do you think this moment in history is significant - is holy?"

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The Rev. Thomas Are, Jr.

Thomas Are, Jr. - Christmas at Luke's House

Luke 2:1-7

3rd Sunday of Advent - Special

December 16, 2018

The Rev. Thomas Are, Jr. (PCUSA)


We have been invited to spend Christmas at Luke's house.  Luke's house is not easy to find.  The truth is more than a few folks will drive right by it and have no idea who is inside.  You will have to make your way, as there is no public transportation in Luke's neighborhood. Other Gospel writers live more in the center of things, but not Luke.  He's off the beaten path, way out on the edge of town.  It's a simple place.  You may mistake it for a family farm, like the ones that used to dot the American landscape. Hay is bailed to feed the animals. There are sheep grazing nearby. There's a real manger out back. It's not nostalgia. It's not a sweet part of the story. The manger makes Luke angry. There is no reason the world should not have made room for this baby. There are too many people for whom the world makes no room.

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The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston Transcript

December 09, 2018

Scott Black Johnston: Christmas at Matthew's House

The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston (PCUSA)

Dr. Scott Black Johnston takes us to Matthew's house for Christmas, where we learn that family trees can be messy, as can our families themselves. They are imperfect, and this time of year we often do our best to hide those imperfections at least while we’re around our families. But Matthew’s genealogy is filled with scoundrels as well, and poor Joseph isn’t even blood related to Jesus. What does this mean?
The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown Transcript

December 17, 2017

Michael Brown: The Hard Work of Making Life Right

The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown (other)

In his sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, Dr. Michael Brown says Isaiah speaks to the Israelites who had returned home after 70 years in Babylonian captivity, and it was worse than they expected. It was a mess. It takes hard work to make things right again, in order to make home feel like home.
The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown Transcript

December 10, 2017

Michael Brown: God at Our Doorsteps

The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown (other)

Dr. Michael Brown says the Bible never promises that God will wave a magic wand and make all the bad things in life go away. Instead the Bible promises that there will be highways in the desert places of our lives where God will come to be with us, to comfort us, and eventually even to deliver us. And God almost always does that incarnationally--through a human being.
The Rev. Dr. Robert T. Baggott Transcript

December 03, 2017

Bob Baggott: Apocalypse, Not Now

The Rev. Dr. Robert Baggott (UCC)

In Advent, Dr. Bob Baggott says, Jesus advises that we stay awake, watching and waiting for how God is working and how God will come next to us. We are called simply to go on with our lives, living confidently, as capably and productively as we can, setting our minds and hearts on helping God further the work of creation and doing Christ’s work in the world.
The Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe Transcript

December 11, 2016

Shawnthea Monroe: Present Perfect

The Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe (UCC)

As Mary and her cousin Elizabeth meet, Mary responds with the beautiful song we know as the Magnificat, in which Mary tells of the great and glorious things God has done. What strikes Shawnthea Monroe about it is the tense--the present perfect tense. Mary is not praising God for what God will do, she’s acknowledging what God has done--and yet it really hasn’t happened yet.
The Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe Transcript

December 04, 2016

Shawnthea Monroe: Repent and Reset

The Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe (UCC)

In her sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, Dr. Shawnthea Monroe notes that John the Baptist doesn’t say repent OR the kingdom of heaven will come near, nor does he say repent AND the kingdom of heaven will come near. What he tells us is that we are no longer the key variable in this equation—what is happening in Jesus Christ is God’s doing. We can choose to be part of it, but ready or not, here he comes.
The Rev. Elaine Murray Dreeben Transcript

November 27, 2016

Elaine Dreeben: A Homegoing Song

The Rev. Elaine Dreeben (PCUSA)

Psalm 122 is a pilgrimage song, most likely sung by the faithful making their way up to Jerusalem. And the Rev. Elaine Dreeben says it’s the perfect scripture for the first Sunday of Advent because it reminds us that, though our high holy day of Christmas is only 4 weeks away, the fullness of God’s vision is still a long way off.
The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown Transcript

December 20, 2015

The Baby Is the Easy Part

The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown (other)

Cute little infant-in-the-manger stories aside, Michael Brown says the issue that confronts us as people of faith sooner or later is, if I call myself a Christian, then will I actually choose to live as one?