This series will explore our expectations from the mystery of the manger because, as often as we pray for the kingdom to come, Christmas reminds us that another one is coming – indeed, it is here – and it is not what we expect.  It is His kingdom, alright, but the King and His Kingdom are only in this world, not of it, and they are gathering a people – call them, Christmas people – who expect and practice something else, something like Christmas.

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Present Promises

We are a hurried and restless people. We are always ready for the next, running from one thing to another. Even on this first Sunday of Christmas we are rushing from the ending of one year, and pining for the next. Many of us have already plotted out how this next year is going to be different. We are ready…
December 31, 2017
SermonsUnexpected Jesus

A Different Kind of Power

When the star appeared, Herod the Great gathered the Jewish leaders and intercepted the Magi in Jerusalem, grasping for information on a rumored newborn "King of the Jews”, promising to go and worship him, too. By a dream, the Magi would see through the murderous king's deception, refusing a partnership with power. After paying homage to Jesus in Bethlehem, they…
December 17, 2017
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How Silently, How Silently

Two thousand years is a long time to wait for things to change; yet that’s how long it’s been since Jesus said a change was coming. Perhaps we should look for something else. Maybe change comes like an infant born and growing up. Maybe it doesn’t come from the top, but from the bottom. Maybe it doesn’t happen in one,…
December 10, 2017
SermonsUnexpected Jesus

Your God is Too Big

Who would have thought that the savior would be “born of a woman, born under law,” (Gal. 4:4). Most people, Americans especially, expect something larger, more visible and pronounced. They do not expect small, quiet and unseen routines to change anything. But what if the way to change things is to subvert them? What if God became small because this…
December 6, 2017
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A Way in a Manger

Every Christmas we sing, “Come thou long expected Jesus,” but has anyone wondered what kind of Jesus we expect? Has anyone wondered if we miss him today, perhaps for the same reason they missed him then: he came in a way unexpected. If what is lying in a manger is truly a savior, a Christ and a Lord, then we…
December 3, 2017