Learning to Stand up Straight, Living with Regret, and Hope in a Time of Turmoil: Sermons for Advent and Christmas 2018

December 2nd: Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10, and Luke 21:26-36

‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth...
— Luke 3:4-5
Photo Credit: Iain Beveridge, Carrizo Plain, December 2018

Photo Credit: Iain Beveridge, Carrizo Plain, December 2018

December 9th: Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 and Luke 3:1-6

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?
— Malachi 3:1-2a
Photo Credit: Iain Beveridge, Carrizo Plain December 2018

Photo Credit: Iain Beveridge, Carrizo Plain December 2018

December 24th: Isaiah 9:2-7 and Luke 2:1-20

When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.
— Luke 2:17-19
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Mental Illness and the Church: Righting the Wrongs -- Two Sermons

September 9 — Isaiah 35:4-7a, Psalm 88, Mark 7:24-37

September 16 — 1 Corinthians 12:12-26, Psalm 116:1-9, Mark 8:27-38

Saint Augustine had declared that what separated men from beasts was the gift of reason; and so the loss of reason reduced man to a beast. From this position it was easy to conclude that the loss of reason was a mark of God’s disfavor; His punishment for a sinning soul....Melancholia was, in this view, a turning away from all that was holy. Furthermore, deep depression was often evidence of possession; a miserable fool contained within himself a devil, and if that devil could not be exorcised from him, why then he himself must go.
— Andrew Solomon in The Noonday Demon
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