This second Sunday of Advent, one of the readings was Isaiah 11.1-10 (and the one from which I preached): 11 “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the… Continue reading When King Jesus Reigns: "They will pick up snakes"
This week I preached from Matthew 1:1-17 on the genealogy of Jesus. Talk about a fun text! Needless to say, one of the elements of this text that is troubling (at a certain level) is the emphasis by Matthew on “fourteen generations” from Abraham to David, then David to the exile in Babylon, then the… Continue reading "Fourteen" Generations?