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2018 Festival of Homiletics - Washington, DC

"Preaching and Politics"

 

Every Heart Prepare Him Room

Joy to the world, the Lord is come           Let earth receive its King;                         Let every heart prepare him room   And heaven and nature sing,             And heaven and nature sing,             And heaven, and heaven and nature sing.                             -

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Pouring Light

O, come, O Dayspring, come and cheer,                        O Sun of justice, now draw near       Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,      And death's dark shadows put to flight. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel            Shall come to you, O Israel!                          - O Come,O Come Emmanuel 

We wait for

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Efforts of Healing

“The world is a place where beauty and grace exist alongside sordidness and violence … it is on behalf of expanding the domain of the former that we denounce and resist the latter. All genuine efforts to heal our society or the environment are at root acts of love, acts of caring as well as condemning.”[i]

In the Gospel text for this second week of Advent, John the Baptist speaks truth we may not want to hear. He foretells of a fiery baptism to come when our Savior will separate

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Beacon of Hope

“The great events of this world are not battles and elections and earthquakes and thunderbolts. The great events are babies, for each child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged with humanity, but is still expecting goodwill to become incarnate in each human life." 1

Every year, we wait expectantly during this season of Advent not for the victory of worldly powers, but for the birth of a baby born to asylum-seeking parents displaced from their home and burdened by the yoke

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Advent Week 1

Advent CandleImage Credit: Advent Candle by Randomsoleil on Flickr

Today is the first day in the Advent season, a time - the beginning, really - in the church year during which we anticipate the coming of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. It is a season marked by reflection, prayer, and awaiting in hope. 

And all too often, we mosey along through Advent without giving it much thought; we are too focused on the end, Christmas. However, Christmas has its own season, which comes after Christmas Eve,

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