The Art of Advent

The word Advent means “arrival.” For centuries, Christians have used the weeks before the celebration of Christmas to prepare and anticipate the arrival of the Messiah, the Anointed One. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Anointed One arrived. Advent is also a season to remember Jesus’ promise that He is coming back again. Christians most likely … Continue reading The Art of Advent

Making Yourself Miserable — Scripture Impressions and Digressions

This morning I preached on the "second" Jacob and Esau story -- the deception by Rebekah and Jacob which ultimately resulted in Jacob, and not Esau, receiving their father Isaac's blessing. There were two points from the message that I've been asked to share. The first comes from an article I read recently by a … Continue reading Making Yourself Miserable — Scripture Impressions and Digressions

The mighty fortress of Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”

In church this past Sunday, we sang my favorite hymn: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott by Martin Luther (1483-1546). In the English-speaking world, the hymn is better known as A Mighty Fortress is Our God. This song is often called the "the battle hymn" of the Reformation as it has been important to Lutherans … Continue reading The mighty fortress of Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”