January 20, 2021

Advent IV: Making a Cradle for Jesus


The past couple of weeks I have started following the work of Scott Erickson. You can follow him on Instagram @scottthepainter. I particularly like what he had to say a few days ago about assumptions. He has graciously given me permission to repost. As usual, your thoughts and comments are welcome. —— Assumptions – By […]

Advent III: Prepare the Way for the Lord

Scott Lencke: Advent – Flipping the Script

Advent: Flipping the Script By Scott Lencke Welcome to the new year. Not the calendar new year, but the church’s new year that begins with the season of Advent. This is our rhythm in which we both remember the coming of God’s Messiah so long ago, but also we longingly hope for the coming of […]

Advent II 2020 – Feast of St. Nicholas

The best overall site that I have found for further information on St. Nicholas is The St. Nicholas Center.

Advent I – Make Ready for Surprise

IM Book Review: Reflections of Immanuel, by Scott Lencke

IM Book Review: Reflections of Immanuel, by Scott Lencke “Getting ready for Christmas” is commonly experienced as an uptick in the speed and frenzy of life. We rush, scurry, and get caught up in the “mall religion” around us. With grace and insight, Scott Lencke offers us a well-trodden but forgotten alternative path — the […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: My Favorite Piece of Christmas Liturgy

My favorite piece of liturgy in the world is a sentence in the opening section of the Traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols broadcast round the world on the BBC. Why is it so moving? Because it is beautiful and true. Each year, as more and more of those I know join the saints […]

Sermon: Advent IV — How Silently, How Silently

Sermon: Advent 4A
 How Silently, How Silently (Matthew 1:18-25) The Lord be with you. Whereas the Gospel of Luke tells the story of Jesus’ birth from Mary’s perspective, Matthew tells it through the eyes of Joseph. Both of these accounts share common elements in describing what took place. Both testify that Jesus was to be […]

Enjoying Handel’s Sublime Gift

Pastor Dan and his wife graciously treated us by inviting us to join them last night for a performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Center for the Performing Arts here in Indianapolis. It was magnificent. The Palladium is a state of the art concert venue, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir, directed by […]