Christmas A

…and so has plenty of Advent and Christmas Day resonances. Yet in a real way this is the Christmas story for the day after Christmas, the week after Christmas, and…

Christmas 1B

…22, 2014 Sermon Starter on this text, many of us are ready to start putting away our Christmas carols on the day after Christmas. On this Sunday after Christmas, a…

1st Sunday after Christmas C

…place at Christmastime when a frantic family jets off to Paris for Christmas only to discover too late that they had left their youngest child behind. Thus Home Alone has…

Advent 3C

Christmas, you can count on me. I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.” Are you going home for Christmas? Frederick Buechner has written that in mid-December 1953…

2nd Sunday after Christmas C

…“war on Christmas,” Colbert suggested once that maybe it really is time to take the Christ out of Christmas. Because if the real Jesus told us to love and serve…

Advent 3B

God’s Christmas list, or more properly, God’s Advent will. In a world that mindlessly shouts, “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,” we are to “rejoice always.” In a world filled…

Advent 3A

Starbucks stopped putting Merry Christmas on its red holiday paper coffee cups, some customers did a coy end-run on it all by giving their names as “Christmas” so as to…

1st Sunday after Christmas A

…that is all the hope of the Gospel.Christmas (Church Seasons); Incarnation (Trinity and Incarnation); Sin, evil (Theological Topics)Christmas (Church Seasons); Judgment (Theological Topics); Salvation (Theological Topics)Christmas (Church Seasons); Praise (Spiritual…

Advent 1C

…then Christmas once again, we know full well that not all the forced Christmas “cheer” in the world can cover up or finally compensate for the gloominess and the raw…

Advent 2A

…Advent may be a time to ponder all the paradoxes of Advent and Christmas—paradoxes that would shake us all up if only we took the time to note them. Of…