Now it all makes sense!

  We've just made our way through the season of Advent, and stepped into the twelve days of Christmas. Advent is a time of waiting and mystery, and in the piece of art above, I was exploring the way each of us has times in our lives when we feel fragmented; when we can't really see any pattern or meaning to what is happening.  Sometimes we get glimpses of how things might connect or what they might mean, but mostly we just have to live in the midst of the not-knowing.  We can't hurry up…
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Down by the Riverside

John the Baptist is such an interesting character!  When we hear this morning's lesson about his preaching, in which he calls his audience a brood of vipers, and predicts dire things to come, it's tempting to write him off as a fanatical crank.  But given this text (Luke 3:7-18) as a sermon topic, I spent some time thinking about John's back-story (Luke 1:5-80, if you're not familiar with it,) and how that might have influenced him as an adult, and what he might have really been trying to say.   Click on the link below…
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