Top Topics


Please join us on these social networks:

Day1 Store

Books, CDs, Videos & more

Visit The Store

The Passionate Jesus

Day1 host Peter Wallace's new book on the emotions of Jesus is, according to Marcus Borg, “An illuminating and powerful personal meditation." Ideal for personal or group study.

Buy Now

Topic Features About Advent

The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown

Michael Brown: The Hard Work of Making Life Right

Isaiah 61:1-4

3rd Sunday of Advent - Year B

December 17, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown (other)


Last Sunday on this program we spent some time with Isaiah. Let's go back there again today - but not to the same Isaiah as last week because, as you know, there were at least three writers (and probably more than that) who over a long stretch of years all wrote using the pen name of Isaiah. The book itself is actually more-or-less three books that are related to one another. Last week we read a passage written to Hebrew people living in exile in Babylon. It came from the 40th chapter of the book, part of what scholars call "Deutero Isaiah" (or, the second section of the trilogy). This morning we read from the 61st chapter, which is located in "Trito Isaiah" (the third section of the trilogy). Today's passage, unlike last week's, is not written to people living in captivity, but rather to people who had been liberated from that and had returned home - which had been their fervent dream and hope and prayer for generations.

Read full transcript...
The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown

Michael Brown: God at Our Doorsteps

Isaiah 40:1-11

2nd Sunday of Advent - Year B

December 10, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown (other)


"Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem and proclaim that her hard service has been completed ... " Those words from the prophet Isaiah, written to people suffering in exile in Babylon, seem no less urgent now than they did when written over 2700 years ago. If ever there were a world in need of comfort, we are that world.

Read full transcript...

Other Recent Content About Advent

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?
The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown Transcript

December 13, 2015

Peace Amid Bedlam

The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown (other)

As we look ahead to Bethlehem, Michael Brown reminds us that Jesus was born into a world of oppression--exactly when a Prince of Peace is needed most. Jesus did not promise a peace that would magically erase painful realities, but a peace that exists in the midst of them.
The Rev. Bradley Schmeling Transcript

December 06, 2015

Getting to the Other Side

The Rev. Bradley Schmeling (ELCA)

In his sermon for Advent 2, Bradley Schmeling says that Luke clearly understood the darkness, yet his desire was not to lead his listeners to despair, but to announce to them that not one barrier could keep the Word of God from coming into the world.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Transcript

November 29, 2015

We Are Yet Alive!

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

As Advent begins, Bishop Ken Carter uses Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians to help us become oriented to the journey ahead. He notes three themes prominent in the letter: reunion, encouragement, and imitation.