Tag Archives: Christian calendar

Confessions from the Wilderness

I recently made a fairly public confession about my personal life: I struggle with depression. And while “confession” is definitely not the right word to use for this scenario, I maintain that it feels right simply because I feel guilty for being depressed. I feel called to inspire hope and joy in my…

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Raising Up Prophets

The following is a sermon preached in ACU Graduate Chapel on January 24, 2018. Sermon Texts: Deut 18:15-20 and Mark 1:21-28 — Well, here we are in Epiphany. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Epiphany it’s the few weeks between Christmas and Lent, and it’s often overlooked by churches as “ordinary time.”…

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Boxing Day Sermon

The humblest day of the year has to be Dec. 26. At least Dec. 24 gets to be Christmas Eve. All the other dates between Thanksgiving and Christmas are the “Holiday Season.” There’s great anticipation and much preparation in those days. The spirit of Christmas is there; but Dec. 26 is different. Some…

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A Tale of Two Trees

It’s that time of year where the world collectively releases a sigh and marvels at the miracle of surviving another year. Various faith communities gather for holiday festivities, families traverse the globe to reach one another, and we all relish in the opportunity to welcome the imminent new year. In this season of…

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How Are You and Your Dreams Getting Along this Advent?

Joseph is the forgotten member of Jesus’s family. He doesn’t get any lines in all of Scripture. And there’s just not very much we know about him. He’s not a major part of any of our favorite Christmas stories, except as maybe a background character. And he is a major part of most…

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Between the Porch and the Altar

The following is a sermon preached in ACU Graduate Chapel on March 1, 2017. — Sermon Text: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 Today is Ash Wednesday—a day set aside for people of God to remember our lowliness—our earthiness—our rootedness in an ever-so-fragile existence. I did not grow up in a church that regularly observed Ash…

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