Advent


“Prepare the way of the Lord”?

This was my reflection for Eucharist Wednesday morning (14 December 2016) at St. B’s. The Gospel reading for morning prayer was Mark 1:1-7. They are familiar words to anyone who has ever been to a Christmas service, citing Mal. 3:1 and Isa. 40:3. Mark 1:1   The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of […]


Advent 3: Listen and Look – Hear and See

My sermon from this past Sunday, Advent 3 (Yr. A). The audio can be heard on St. B’s site, where you can subscribe to all our sermons. Third Sunday of Advent (December 11, 2016) Gospel Matthew 11:2-11 What are you expecting for Christmas? The season of Advent is a time of expectation. Our lectionary and liturgy […]


6 True Facts about A Charlie Brown Christmas | SMOSH

It is Christmas time (well, technically Advent) and most of us will at least listen to the music from, if not watch, A Charlie Brown Christmas. SMOSH.com has a great little piece with six little known facts about first release. (I know all but the Coke fact.) What is also clear and what we can all […]


Garrison Keillor: speaker of truth or Grinch who stole Kitschmas? 10

UPDATE: Fred Small who is the pastor of the Unitarian church that invited Garrison Keillor to speak has posted a rebuttal. John is not happy with Garrison’s slam on secular Christmas songs in his oped piece “Nonbelievers, please leave Christmas alone.” Perhaps it’s just satire when he whales on Jewish songwriters who “trash up the malls with […]


2nd Sunday of Advent – Expectations & Preparations

[This is sort of a “rough cut,” intended as a detailed outline rather than a full narrative exposition. Still, feel free to read and comment!] Second Sunday of Advent Year B RCL Isaiah 40:1-11 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 2 Peter 3:8-15a Mark 1:1-8 Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare […]