Sermons by: Carolyn More
John's death (John, as in "the Baptist") should have been the subject of a soap opera. It is the ultimate good vs. evil storyline, complete with romance and vengeance. And all because John wouldn't stay quiet about Herod's affair. But here's the thing (spoiler alert for Sunday's message): discipleship is costly, but holiness has benefits.
This week, we journey with Mary and Joseph as they travel first to be counted in a census, and then to bear a child into the world. As we've already discovered in this series of messages, the lessons learned from the story of Christmas don't naturally follow from the details. For Mary and Joseph, this was a hard world. Mary and Joseph teach us what it takes to follow the call of God in a harsh world.