When the Soul Felt Its Worth + A Sermon for Christmas Eve 2021

St. Philip Lutheran Church24 December 2021 + Nativity of Our LordLuke 2.1-20; Titus 2.11Rev. Josh Evans I wonder how she felt when she of all people was chosen to be the first to receive the “good news of great joy.” Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber gives us some insight: “We have no idea what Mary was …

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Critical Joy

St. Philip Lutheran Church12 December 2021 + Advent 3cPhilippians 4.4-7Rev. Josh Evans Rejoice in the Lord always!Again, I say: Rejoice!Don’t worry about anything … just pray! Well, Paul, easier said than done. Especially where our world stands these days … a devastating reminder of the impact of gun violence as the community of Oxford, Michigan, …

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A Sermon for When It Feels Like the World Is Ending

St. Philip Lutheran Church28 November 2021 + Advent 1cLuke 21.25-36Rev. Josh Evans The nativity scene is out, the Christmas tree is up, the first candle on the Advent wreath is lit… it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Thursday night, after having Thanksgiving dinner with a friend and her family, I drove home with …

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A Hope of Apocalyptic Proportions

St. Philip Lutheran Church14 November 2021 + Lect 33b (Pent 25)Mark 13.1-8Rev. Josh Evans Beginning the night of November 9, 1938, violent anti-Jewish protests broke out across Germany and its surrounding territories. Kristallnacht, as it would later come to be known, “the night of broken glass.” Over the next 48 hours, violent mobs, spurred on …

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