The first week of Advent begins a new Christian year. If it has been difficult to find hope in 2017, listen to this homily, which highlights the differences between hope and optimism. In this homily, Pastor Caleb looks at a tough passage from Mark 13 about the "day of the Lord." As we prepare for Christmas, Advent encourages us to not only look back at the birth of Christ, but also forward to Christ's coming. Caleb argues on behalf of hope, even when optimism is unlikely.
In this Christmas homily, Pastor Caleb reflects on the world into which Jesus was born. Caesar Augustus was the "son of god" who brought peace into a world that worships and deifies power and authority. Jesus enters as God, not in order to win Caesar's game, but in order to turn the entire world on its head in order to save it.
During Advent we used storytelling to explore themes of waiting, captivity, grief, and hope. Storytelling allows individuals to explore their own stories and allows them to share those personal stories with a community. It is a powerful art form.