Sermons from January 2021

Doing A 180

Text:  Luke 3:7-16 This Sunday is Baptism of Our Lord Sunday.  That Christ would be baptized might seem a paradox since the church has long emphasized that adult baptism is meant for remission of past sins and that Christ was said to be born without sin.  However, by humbling himself and being baptized by John the Baptist, Christ is seen taking on the sins of others and giving his followers a model to replicate.  This act was necessary not for…

What’s Our Defining Label?

Text:  Matthew 2:1-15; Galatians 3:28 This Sunday we are looking at the traditional story of the three Wise Men visiting Jesus, and how this is seen as the first step in Jesus’ mission being spread to all races, cultures, and nationalities of the world.  But our interest is in the role and impact of labels that we wear.  Labels can be helpful.  Wearing the label “senior citizen” allows me certain discounts, a special VIA bus card, automatic mail-in ballots, and…