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The Rev. Dr. Robert T. Baggott

Bob Baggott: Apocalypse, Not Now

Mark 13:24-37

1st Sunday of Advent - Year B

December 03, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Robert Baggott (UCC)


Today, on this first Sunday of Advent, instead of angels bringing tidings of great joy to all the people, the lectionary asks us to consider the end of the world. Now, to be honest, that's a topic most preachers from my tradition would rather save for a Sunday in the middle of July, when the crowds are light, the service is shorter, and we just happen to be on vacation in the mountains of Colorado with no internet or cell service for a month. But, alas, there's no hiding from it today. The end of the world will be our focus.

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The Rev. Dr. Janet Parker

From Apocalypse to Genesis

Ezekiel 36:22, 24-36; John 3:1-10; Revelation 22:1-5

August 26, 2007

The Rev. Dr. Janet Parker (UCC)

The sermon you are about to hear was first preached at my church during a worship service in honor of Earth Day, a service that focused around the theme of God's gift of water, and it included a ritual for the renewal of our baptismal vows. This service held a lot of meaning for my church because it was the first time we had celebrated Earth Day as a congregation. Thankfully, more and more churches are beginning to observe Earth Day, and more and more ministers are taking up the challenge of preaching on issues relating to eco-justice and our Christian call to care for God's creation. The day before our Earth Day service, our whole community had turned out for our first-ever Earth Day festival, a symphony of creative and inspiring activities that demonstrated our love for the Earth and many ways that we can care for creation and work to minimize our harmful impacts on the planet. The mood was celebratory and fun, as it should be. But Earth Day is also implicitly a recognition that something has gone wrong in our relationship with the natural world, something that needs fixing-something that we might describe in religious terms as a call to repentance, and even conversion.

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The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston Transcript

December 03, 2006

Apocalypse: Then and Now

The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston (PCUSA)

The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston explores the paradox of beginning Advent with texts focused on the apocalypse.