Sermon: The first family Christmas

Note from CM: We are on the road for a few days, so no Sunday sermon for this post. Here is the sermon I preached on Christmas Eve, giving a different perspective on what that first Christmas might have been like. • • • Sermon: Christmas Eve 2019 The first family Christmas The Lord beContinue reading “Sermon: The first family Christmas”

“God’s people have begun to know the manger of their Lord.”

The great Raymond E. Brown has often been a guide to me when it comes to the Christmas narratives in the New Testament. Here is an example of his insight — applied to the Christmas Eve Gospel (Luke 2). May God grant us all a blessed Christmas Eve. • What is of importance is theContinue reading ““God’s people have begun to know the manger of their Lord.””

Another Look: The Strangeness of Christmas

The story of Jesus has no bite. A tame “baby Jesus” makes his annual, heart-warming appearance, and leaves us largely un-bothered and un-changed. Yet when I read the two Gospel accounts, I am struck by how strange these narratives are, unsettling and fantastical at every corner. • W. David O. Taylor • • • ThankContinue reading “Another Look: The Strangeness of Christmas”

Christmas I: Sermon for an Odd Sunday

Sermon Christmas I 2017 Sermon for an Odd Sunday When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’),Continue reading “Christmas I: Sermon for an Odd Sunday”

The Second Day of Christmas

Readings for the Day The Feast of St. Stephen Jeremiah 26:1-9,12-15 Psalm 31 Acts 6:8-7:2a, 51c-60 Matthew 23:34-39 Collect for the Day We give you thanks, O Lord of glory, for the example of the first martyr Stephen, who looked up to heaven and prayed for his persecutors to your Son Jesus Christ, who standsContinue reading “The Second Day of Christmas”