Although we don't often notice it, the Christmas story is full of people asking important questions: questions about God, about Faith, about traditions and more! Is it okay to ask so many questions? Is it a sign of weakness when we have doubts about our faith? In this homily we survey the many questions asked in Luke 1 & 2, and conclude that asking questions about our beliefs is actually a key ingredient of what we call "faith."
The Question: "What do you Want?" is synonymous with Christmas these days. Yet, that same question is a privileged question that only the upper crust of society can truly ask. Is it good for us when we get what we want? Is it good for our world when we get what we want?
In this sermon we explore this question, and also ask some better Christmas questions.
A short meditation on how the gospel story of Elizabeth and Mary bridges the "old" and the "new" testaments. How tightly do we hold to our traditions? Are we open to the new things God is doing in our lives? In our churches?
The final two weeks of our Adventus series are condensed into one sermon (Rob was sick on Dec. 9th). In this homily we debunk two popular myths about the Second Coming, namely that Jesus will come to destroy the earth, and that he will come to rescue some of us to heaven. As Rob argues, this is a misleading (and dangerous) way to understand the key scriptures about the Second Coming.
This Advent we are intentionally examining the touchy topic of the Second Coming of Jesus. Many of us are unsure about what to believe (or if to believe) in the Second Coming. Popular movies and books have done a lot to sour our understanding of this topic, or to confuse us about what it is really all about. Over the next 3 weeks we hope to reclaim a true understanding of the Second Coming and realize that it is an absolutely pivotal belief for us to understand. This week we begin by examining Jesus the coming Judge.
Canon Robert Hurkmans has been the minister at St. James and St. Brendan since 2006.