Saturday, December 06, 2008

Preview: Second Sunday in Advent

A Sermon on Mark 1:1-8

What Are We Waiting For?

Given on the Second Sunday in Advent, 2008
First Presbyterian Church
Jackson, Minnesota

Thursday, December 04, 2008

For Those Who Desire to Preach...

... here is a quote attributed to Bruce Theilman:
There is no special honor in preaching, there is only special pain. The pulpit calls those anointed to it as the sea calls its sailors. And like the sea, it batters and bruises and does not rest. To preach, to really preach is to die naked a little at a time and to know each time you do it that you must do it again.

A New Thing

Here is Brit Hume, on what he'll be doing now that he's retiring from his 40-year, wildly successful career in television news, and leaving his highly rated Fox News show behind:

Hume: I certainly want to pursue my faith more ardently than I have done. I'm not claiming it's impossible to do when you work in this business. I was kind of a nominal Christian for the longest time. When my son died (by suicide in 1998), I came to Christ in a way that was very meaningful to me. If a person is a Christian and tries to face up to the implications of what you say you believe, it's a pretty big thing. If you do it part time, you're not really living it.
About those implications, Paul wrote these words:
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor 5:17-21 NRSV)