December 16, 2012
"Worship is homecoming. It is putting ourselves in the place where it is safe to tell the truth."
"Zephaniah's prophecy—God's promise of coming to be in the midst of his people as a mighty Savior
—has been fulfilled and is yet to be fulfilled. In the Old Testament,
God was in the midst of his people when he entered the tabernacle and temple.
Yet in the New Testament, God sent his Messiah, Jesus Christ, in human flesh to dwell in their midst."
"But why is it that we continue year after year to anticipate through the Advent season an event which has
already occurred? Is it a game of pretending the past is future? It is no game; rather God's coming in Jesus
is an event which shatters our time sequences and we find ourselves remembering tomorrow and looking
forward to yesterday."
Boulton, Elizabeth Myer, "Living by the Word: Luke 3:7-18, Zephaniah 3:14-20,"The Christian Century, 2009.
"It's enough to make bright blue stretch marksappear upon your soul because repentance is not easy.
Christian discipleship is not easy. There will come a time when we find ourselves taking hold of
John the Baptist by his camelhair collar and saying, 'It's too hard! I can't do it.'"