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December 22, 2019 - Fourth Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 7:10 -16 A favorite Peanuts cartoon shows Linus sitting on his doghouse and typing furiously. When asked what he is composing, Linus answers he is writing a book on theology. The book will be titled, “So Have You Thought You Might Be Wrong?” It is very easy to dismiss the Virgin Birth as old fashioned, a myth created by religious people long ago but no more real than Santa Claus. But, maybe not. The idea goes back to the prophet’s battle with the king over what to do to defend a nation against mighty empires that surrounded on all sides. On the one hand, the king wanted to choose one empire and hope that empire would protect the nation against the other empires. On the other hand, the

December 15, 2019 - Third Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 35: 1-10 “The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom” When I was in 6th grade, my family spent part of summer at the Ghost Ranch Presbyterian Conference Center near Abiquiu New Mexico. It was a landscape of red rock mesas, scrub brush, cactus and desert. Some was more barren than other parts, with little to nothing growing. At the ranch, we learned that the land had been overgrazed by sheep herds in the past, increasing run-off of what little rain fell. The Ranch staff for years had been helping with replanting of desert grasses and bushes, even some trees. Hillsides were anchored and water retention increased. When the Messiah comes, the deser

December 8, 2019 - Second Sunday in Advent

Isaiah 11:1-10 “They shall not hurt or destroy;” Now and again there arises a leader who gives hope for the future. So it was long ago in Israel when a new king was born and the prophet wrote of hope… “And the spirit of the Lord shall be upon him. So it was in America when Abraham Lincoln spoke of hope - Let us strive on to bind up the nation’s wounds.” So it was in our lifetime when John Kennedy spoke of hope - Let every nation know we shall pay the price to assure the survival of liberty. So it was when Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of hope - I have a dream - These dreams did not come true, but we continue to dream because we know the dream must come true. One time, long ago, a child was bo

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